Three-clawed Dragon Stool

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Project by Dave posted 09-04-2010 10:48 PM 5004 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been quite some time since my last project post as I have been finishing up my shop space. DONE! Walls, paint, electric, lighting, etc. My ‘Man Cave’ retreat in the basement.

As my first project coming back, I chose an interestingly difficult project from the Winter 2009 issue of Woodworking magazine (pic 6). An article and project called ‘Three-clawed Dragon Stool’ by Robert W. Lang. There were many tricky angles and interlocking pieces but as Mr. Lang says ”... I had a different attitude and a more developed set of skills at the end than at the beginning.” How true. Drawing a full size set of plans prior to commencing was a very smart idea.

This is the first time I have used mahogany for a project. The person who sold me his 18” Grizzly bandsaw gave me a few pieces and they just matched the dimensions needed perfectly. Wow, I love mahogany. The finish is 6 coats of BLO applied with 600 grit wet/dry SC paper. I may do another few coats as I am not completely satisfied with the look. I ordered and used ‘Old Brown Glue’ for this project. It allowed well over half an hour setup time as this stool must be assembled completely once started. It is an excellent hide glue that I’m sure I will use again often.

Thanks to all for looking.
Dave in New Jersey

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 11:07 PM

The joints on the three stretcher bars look like they would drive me crazy and cause me to utter a few words no one should hear. Quite a challenge Dave, but you can’t argue with the results, it is a great project!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 11:39 PM

Great job.

From the day I first saw this stool in the Woodworking magazine I have been thinking about making one. I’m so intrigued with the design. For me, it would probably be my most challenging project to date and I like a challenge.

This project confirms to me that, yes, it can be done.

Can you estimate how many hours you put into this?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 12:29 AM

Very Nice, Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 02:03 AM

Nice job!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 11:00 AM

Nice looking stool.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 02:18 PM

Love the angles, looks like a that took some time.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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