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Project by HorstPeter posted 12-01-2010 12:57 AM 2377 views 25 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I asked my best friend what he wanted for birthday and he said something to rest his feet on while sitting at the computer would be nice. Just something quickly thrown together. Not that I could ever do that, quickly do some simple thing and call it a day. So I came up with a design that had a few new things for me. Like Dovetails, or more precisely angled ones. It might sound easy, but while the ones on top were straightforward, I had to think long and hard about how the bottom ones work so I can put it all together properly. After too much thinking back and forth I finally figured out how to make me some paring blocks and how to mark and cut those bottom dovetails.
Then there was the task of cutting the groves for the inlay. Some bad choices and dumb mistakes made work harder than it would’ve needed to be, but that’s part of learning to plan ahead better and take care I guess.

The main wood is european walnut. Initially I had another design planned(working on that now), which featured an inlay in the middle, but the beautiful black core of this board made me come up with a second one that would not hide most of it. The inlay strips are cut from Padauk I veneered with maple on both sides. Planing this was horrible, as it was the first wood that tore out no matter how fine a cut I took or how sharp the iron was. Guess I should’ve tried another angle on that micro bevel. Wonder if all exotics are as hard to work with as Padauk or Wenge?

Glued as usual with Hide and Bone glue and finished with a few coats of walnut oil. Another “nice” surprise from the Padauk was getting that red color bleeding into the maple or onto anything it touches.

Anyway, my friend hasn’t seen it yet and if I get the other footstool done before he comes around, I’ll let him choose whichever he likes more and try to sell the other one sometime.

Thanks in advance for any comments and sorry for not replying more to all those great projects of yours, but I try to push myself to spend more time working on stuff rather than being on the internet, although I still fail at that most of the time I’m afraid.





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Matt Stauffer

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 01:11 AM

Love the joinery! Inspiring even. That really is some beautiful wood for the top. The inlays match the main wood nicely.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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Mike

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 01:17 AM

Like the design and the wood choices

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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mole

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 01:20 AM

It looks nice, neat and robust, both for the footstool, and all of the joinery in it!

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YoungestSon

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 01:21 AM

Great project. I also like the joinery.

I have made other footstools but like your design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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Millo

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 01:39 AM

this is amazingly beautiful… great design, congrats!

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 01:43 AM

NICE job!! It looks like I could park my truck on top of it, with that kinda joints..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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shavins

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 01:56 AM

Beautiful stool Peter, great design and proportions!

-- shavins

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Jonathan

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 02:35 AM

I love the “pieces and parts” shot. Oh, and I love the stool itself as well!

This appears to have excellent proportions and your choice to use dovetail joinery, along with the inlay really shows your attention to detail.

I’ll be curious to see how the other stool turns out.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 04:07 AM

Gorgeous footrest design…the inlay really adds a nice touch and brings the Walnut to life : )
Those dovetails are so awesome and tight . How much do you plan on selling it for ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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TheGravedigger

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 06:02 AM

Excellent design, and different from anything else I’ve seen here. Bravo!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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twokidsnosleep

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 07:12 AM

Really sharp looking
I like the picture with all the pieces cut, sanded and ready to assemble

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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SPalm

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#12 posted 12-01-2010 03:12 PM

Oh my gosh. That is stunning.
I can really appreciate the work that went into that. Zowie.

Thanks for posting this,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 12-01-2010 03:20 PM

It bet it wasn’t quickly thrown together. Too much detail for that! I especially like the darker grain in the top. The joinery and accents are top-notch! Thanks for sharing.

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 12-01-2010 03:28 PM

That’s very unusual and makes a very interesting footstool. I like it.

-- 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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#15 posted 12-01-2010 03:56 PM

Beautiful!! Great choice of woods and outstanding craftsmanship!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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