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Recycled Curtain Rod Tripod Stool (Hand Tools Only)

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Project by seandietrich posted 1630 days ago 4266 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found some great things at the county landfill, and among them was a mountain—I mean a literal mountain, of fabulous virgin wood. It was from a pallett off one of the freighters. Also in my inventory collection, were several curtain rods (from the 1960’s) per my wife’s mother, who had them up in the attic I think. They were oak rods, and nice and dried from 50 years of neglect.

I have been researching the Tage Frid designs, as well as some Windsor methods, so this is what came out of it. I cleaned the rods up with a spokeshave, cut the tenons, and tapered the legs by eye with the spokeshave. Then I augered the mortise sockets with compound angles, in the thick Austrailian cypress seat (from the dump). The plank for the seat was almost almost 2 1/2 inches thick. Really good wood. Once the thing was put together, I layed out the stretchers.

Then came the seat. Since I have adopted a hand tool lifestyle, I used a big chisel, and then a rounded spokeshave to clear out the seat. I shaped the seat in a semi-Windsor-inspired fashion, but I wanted the seat to be more a lot more subdued than the typical Windsor, so I tried to keep the seat flowing and soft. The seat took me a few days to finish. Lots of SWEAT. Finished it with a rasp, and then sandpaper.

I broke the center stretcher while glueing it up. Cussed up a smoke. Made another stretcher. Glued things up CAREFULLY. (This would’ve been a good time to use hot hide glue.) Sanded. Stained it. Finished it with poly.

So that’s the end of the story. It came out more true to the Tage Frid look than I thought it would.

-- "Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." -- David Pye





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Lupo

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#1 posted 1630 days ago

Amazing work. I am looking forward to growing my hand tool collection. I use as many hand tools as possible.

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Junji

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#2 posted 1630 days ago

Looks really nice. “Hand tool only” takes longer time, you need to be very patient, but when it’s all done, ah.. you know the feeling, right?
Very very good job!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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donjoe

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#3 posted 1630 days ago

Very nice stool. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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DragonLady

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#4 posted 1630 days ago

it’s very pretty! Looks like the sort of stool an artist would use while sitting at an easel.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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JoeinDE

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#5 posted 1630 days ago

Nicely done. It’s amazing what you can find in a landfill! :-)

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1630 days ago

Nice recycle job!! Welcome to LJ.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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D1st

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#7 posted 1630 days ago

You do some really nice work.

-- http://www.furstwoodworks.com/

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deon

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#8 posted 1630 days ago

Great work. Sturdy yet light looking

-- Dreaming patterns

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seandietrich

28 posts in 1634 days


#9 posted 1630 days ago

I know there might be a question about how sturdy it really is by some folks. Let me just say that it is really a very sturdy design that surprises me. Tage Frid’s stools are a little wider legged and taller, but the basic design is really solid.

There is no play whatsoever in the tight joints, and the way the legs are splayed really make it quite stable. It almost defies conventional thought. My wife was afraid to sit on it, but was very surprised when she did.

-- "Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." -- David Pye

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Joe Weaver

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#10 posted 1630 days ago

very nice

-- Joe, Ga

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BTKS

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#11 posted 1630 days ago

Nicely done and a cool stool. Looks like it will snug up to a work bench just right. Keep up the good work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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mcoyfrog

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#12 posted 1630 days ago

Sweet recycle job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Skylark53

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#13 posted 1630 days ago

very nice. I really like the style and the rebirth of the woods, and envy the fact you left off the power tools. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 1625 days ago

great work and recycling
thankĀ“s for sharing it

and welcome to L J

Dennis

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