My first stool....clean as a whistle.

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Project by gljacobs posted 03-31-2011 06:29 AM 1989 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this stool as a project to learn some knew skills and exploring the addition of wood turnings to my designs and woodworking. The main skill I was looking for is consistency, which is shown in how close I could replicate each leg to the first.
As far as the aesthetic goes, it’s my own design. I’ve always enjoyed the look of a tapered leg though I wanted some decoration to liven the piece and figured that the legs are the easiest design element to alter to make an impact, so I chose to emulate the spade foot design of Chippendale type period furniture. I also added an element of texture to the top by chip caving a series of concentric impressions leaving the edge to serve as a contrast and border.
Despite a few obvious flaws I think it came out good.
Beside the legs the only tools I used were a bandsaw, drill press and a Stanley #6 (for the blank); a handsaw and chisels(for cleaning up the wedged tenons); and a gouge chisel(for the textured relief); also a rasp and sandpaper (for cleaning up and the edge treatment on the seat)

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#1 posted 03-31-2011 06:32 AM

Wow this is amazing love the design and super build.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 03-31-2011 08:20 AM

The textured top, carried through the wedged legs (? – the darker circles) is fabulous. And the simplicity of the design and the style of the legs add a wonderful sense of elegance, as well.

Nice project!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#3 posted 03-31-2011 12:13 PM

You’re right, it’s as clean as a whistle. Super elegant!

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#4 posted 03-31-2011 12:48 PM

I like the textured top. It would keep someone like me from slipping off!

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 01:33 PM

I must not be very observant because I do not see any obvious flaws. Great work.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 01:38 PM

Love the texture! Great job.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 03-31-2011 01:54 PM

Very nice workmanship I like the textured look! Does the texturing cause any issues if you sit on it for long periods of time?

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#8 posted 03-31-2011 02:32 PM

Thanks for the appreciation guys.
@rdlaurance: your right the dark circles is the end grain of the legs.
@nobuckle: The flaws I refer to are probably more prominent to me but I figure if anybody notices they’ll know I know as well, that’s mainly why I added the caveat.
The few that I didn’t hide by the camera are(1)the one leg I made noticeably slimmer than the others is on the right in the front…I was going to take another picture to hide it because I’m putting it in my portfolio for a resume and an application for a scholarship, but I figured it shows I need practice and that’s why I’m applying to the specific job and school.
The second is the seat if you look at the bottom it has a flat spot where the router chipped out the long grain…I rasped and sanded it to try and blend it in but it still bothers me. The third is the line around the chip carving is irregular, it’s also a bit hard to see but is noticeable by how light is become on the right.
Fourth is the wedges in the legs don’t quite line up to center. the upper left and lower right show this more that the reverse. There are tons more but I don’t want to pull the curtain of the old man with the loud speaker just yet.
@RetiredCoastie: yes….yes it does….the imprint last four days, three if you wear pants. : )

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#9 posted 03-31-2011 04:01 PM

That’s a cool piece! Lots of character and very clean and sharp. I like it…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 03-31-2011 04:07 PM

This is really nice, I like it a lot :)

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 03-31-2011 05:24 PM

Slim and elegant. Like it. Well done.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#12 posted 03-31-2011 08:10 PM

Love that top, such a fine idea.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 04-01-2011 05:30 AM

Very well done, I really like the top too!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 04-01-2011 08:28 PM

Looks wonderful to me. I like the chip carving, which gives it character and the legs contribute to the overall design nicely.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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