Three Point Stool

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Project by wouldi posted 01-04-2011 05:31 AM 1950 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a stool I made using air-dried Black Walnut. The stool has three legs so it never rocks on uneven floors. The seat is hand shaped, and is ergonomically designed to let you sit with your bottom, not your thighs. The seat props you up, holds you comfortably in place, while taking the pressure off your back by making you sit with good posture. I designed this stool for my personal use while drawing at a drafting table, it would also work great at a desk for writing or drawing, and it looks great at a bar or counter. The legs are attached using mortise and tenon joinery with a maple wedge forced into the top creating an attractive, and sturdy but very functional stool.

-- to the endeavor

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 05:36 AM

That’s one terrific piece of functional art you have there Wouldi. Well thought out and beautifully executed… right down to the butt marks already on the seat. Love it!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 05:39 AM

That stool looks very nice. The only thing that I noticed that may have been cool to have done differently (and yes, very minor) is with the maple wedge for the front leg. Instead of have it just at the angle it’s at so that now two legs have it in 1 direction and the 3rd leg have it in the opposite direction, make it so there are two wedges making a cross (or just inlay the other line). Or, instead of having the front leg’s wedge(s) form an x to match both the hind legs, make it so it just points straight back and forward (no angle). I hope that make sense. Again, great job, it looks great :)

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 05:47 AM

Very nice!

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 05:49 AM

Very well thought out. Nice work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 05:52 AM

wow…looks great…well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 06:18 AM

This stool looks very inviting, makes You want to sit down as soon as You enter the room I bet ! beautiful work. Where did You come up with the metal ring,custom or store bought ? Thanks for the view.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 07:14 AM

Thanks everyone. Pawky I did it that way for a number of reasons… having the wedges diagonal makes the wedge’s action work in two directions instead of one, by pushing the corner out you subsiquentley push both sides, and it worked well because they ended up in such a way as to not want to “split” the grain of the leg. and having two, just would have been too much work for me….. i like things simple…. but i do understand what your saying…..
...and Rob it is inviting, you sit down in it and it feels like your floating, I struggled to find a ring that would work….. It was a WHOLE BUNCH OF MONEY to have my metal fabricator make one by rolling rod so.. I ended up having a very large steel distributor just cut off 5/8 inch of a 16 inch diameter steel pipe. which saved money but then i had to do all the polishing and grinding and sanding of the thing. thanks for looking

-- to the endeavor

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#8 posted 01-04-2011 08:43 AM

That makes sense on why diagonally, I didn’t know that either, so thank you for sharing that. I definitely can understand it being more work then wanting to do for it, because it still looks fantastic. Thank you for letting me know why you did it the way you did, it is helpful :)

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 03:52 PM

Beautifully designed and well done. The walnut is great looking and will serve well.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 06:11 PM

This is SUCH a cool design and really well done. Love it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 01-05-2011 07:15 PM

Very cool.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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