Shop stool first attempt - Samurai Carpenter knock-off

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Project by WoodWheeler posted 03-06-2017 04:45 PM 6553 views 26 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys,

I’m new to the forum and pretty new to woodworking having started tinkering about two years ago in my spare time outside of work & semi-professional cycling.

I saw a video on youtube by the “samurai Carpenter” where he made a shop stool. I thought it looked really neat and that it would be a project that exposed me to a bunch of new techniques and allow me to start playing with hand tools. Unfortunately I don’t have a chisel mortiser so my mortises were done the old-fashioned way with a chisel and I tried to use japanese handsaws, hand planes etc wherever possible.

Here is the finished product (just finished yesterday). I can post some progress pics if anyone is interested (don’t have too many).

The stool is made from a mix of Black Walnut, Australian oak and maple. Proudly no screws or mechanical fasteners were harmed in the making of this stool.

It’s my first really hand-tool intensive project and I really, really, really enjoyed the whole process and learned a heap. The proportions could have been a little better (slightly too narrow) but I was too lazy to watch the video again and really copy the dimensions; I just wanted to start making!

-- Dom

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#1 posted 03-06-2017 04:49 PM

Oh yeah, that is nice. Well done

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#2 posted 03-06-2017 04:57 PM

Impressive first project Dom and welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#3 posted 03-06-2017 05:00 PM

beautiful stool

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#4 posted 03-06-2017 05:02 PM

Wow! That’s real art work! Not to mention incredible design and craftmanship.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-06-2017 05:13 PM

Beautiful work!

-- No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you're still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.

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#6 posted 03-06-2017 05:15 PM

Killer looking stool! I might have to make one of these. Or 3.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 03-06-2017 06:21 PM

That’s really nice. You may have inspired me to make one for myself … perhaps as a gift for someone special. But who?

-- Whatever

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#8 posted 03-06-2017 07:21 PM

Not the ordinary stool. Well done and welcome to Lumber Jocks.

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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#9 posted 03-06-2017 08:30 PM

It’s a nice design and you did a good job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 03-06-2017 08:45 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Beautiful stool Love the design! ... Are you really going to put this in your shop? It’s just so nice!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 03-06-2017 09:32 PM

Nice job on this project! I like the design. It has elements that remind me of Hank Gilpin’s work.

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#12 posted 03-06-2017 11:05 PM

Fantastic designed stool, shop? I would say home.. very nice.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 03-06-2017 11:28 PM

great design

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#14 posted 03-06-2017 11:36 PM

Looks Great also looks very close to Samurai Carpenters

I’ve been asking Jesse (Samurai Carpenter) since he created his if he would offer the plans, but i dont believe he has the time, for his age he is a woodworking savant.

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#15 posted 03-06-2017 11:56 PM

Thanks guys I really appreciate all of the positive comments. Obviously I can’t take any credit for the design but happy to take some credit for execution

-- Dom

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