|Project by MattHodek||posted 03-12-2017 06:31 PM||1061 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I want to try making chairs in the future, so I thought making a stool would be a good place to start.
The wood is Elm that I got from the MSU surplus store. I believe it came from a tree on the MSU campus, and was milled and dried by the forestry department. The two boards I used in the project were a bit rough, but for $2 a piece they just needed a little love to shine.
It is a very simple design with three turned legs, and a turned spindle in between them. I wasn’t following any plans. I just kind of figured it out as I went. All the joints are just wedged straight tenons. The legs are about 1.5 inches in diameter with a 1 inch tenon, and the spindles are a little under an inch with 5/8ths of an inch tenons. The seat is about 1.75 inches thick and about 12 inches in diameter. It sits about 20 inches tall.
I am happy with how it turned out, but it is not perfect. Glue up was a bit tense. I had broken a spindle in an early test fit. It was due to brass wood, and while the rest of the pieces didn’t show any signs of problems; I was still nervous. The other silly thing I did was to use normal wood glue, so things started getting stuck before I really had a chance to get everything where it should have been. The end result is that one of the legs is twisted off its sight line, and looks a little wonky from certain angles. I will certainly be using liquid hide glue on the next one.
I also made a video of the build that can be found here: