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Cherry and Maple Saddle Bar Stools

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Project by KevBotWorkshop posted 05-14-2017 09:23 PM 2067 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started as a means to use some wood that had been laying around my shop for a couple years. The seat tops themselves are from a tree that fell when I was in college. While a friend of mine had cut up some of it and milled it, I had a large block that had been drying for 5ish years.

I created a router jig to make the shape of the seats. I ending up having to put some bow ties on the bottom side of both and one on top due to cracking that happened after I brought the wood inside during the cold winter.

This was my first attempt at hand cut Mortise and tenons, and so I did through tenons because I like the look with the wedges. Mortises and tenon didn’t turn out as clean as I would have liked them too, but it was a learning experience and I just filled any gaps with epoxy.

Ended up using pocket holes to keep everything together on the top, but you wont notice them unless you flipped the chairs completely over.

Finished with half pound cut of Shellac, Danish oil, and paste wax buffed to shine.

My first try at making fine furniture, and it will only get better from here. Many more furniture projects on my list.

-- Kevin Johnson, Instagram - @KevBotWorkshop





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#1 posted 05-14-2017 09:37 PM

These are just sweet sweet stools! Nice design, nice build—you have a good eye. Congrats!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#2 posted 05-14-2017 11:14 PM

Very nice! Through tenons intimidate me, so I’ve still never attempted them. Like the look of them though. Very nice.

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#3 posted 05-14-2017 11:35 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Kevin! Looks like your jig work our well and all of your efforts making the bow ties and mortise and tendons got you some great looking Saddle Bar Stools. Nice work!
Your jig looks similar to the one I made for my bar stools.

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

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#4 posted 05-15-2017 12:27 AM

Great looking joinery on some fine bar stools Kevin. Welcome to Lumber Jocks!

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KevBotWorkshop

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#5 posted 05-15-2017 03:01 AM



Welcome to Lumberjocks Kevin! Looks like your jig work our well and all of your efforts making the bow ties and mortise and tendons got you some great looking Saddle Bar Stools. Nice work!
Your jig looks similar to the one I made for my bar stools.

- woodshaver Tony C

Yeah Jig looks very similiar! I dont know if that jig has a specific name, but it should. Yours turned out great as well.

-- Kevin Johnson, Instagram - @KevBotWorkshop

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#6 posted 05-15-2017 03:48 AM

Love them! You must have been reading my mind. I’ve been mulling the design of some saddle stools myself, and I’m pretty sure they were going to look like yours. Excellent!

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#7 posted 05-15-2017 08:40 AM

You did a real nice job on these bar stools.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 05-15-2017 10:07 AM

These are great man! Nice design. Nice router sled too.

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#9 posted 05-15-2017 03:18 PM

Love the clean details in the tenons and the contrasting design.

-- -- Tyson

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#10 posted 05-16-2017 02:22 AM

Nice stools! Like the contrasting woods and wedged tenons

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#11 posted 10-14-2017 06:02 AM

Nice work on the stools.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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