Shaker Stool made with hand tools

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It was either just stand there and watch that my student didn’t cut off a digit, or join in, so I joined in.

We had to start with square pine stock, mark it, clamp it, and hand plane it until it had about 16 sides that were all level to the pencil lines – no dipping at either ends – then hand sand them round.

Once we could do that with pine, we were allowed to move onto oak – so the legs and horizontal pieces are turned by hand, sanded by hand, stained and varnished by hand. They are even pegged by hand.

There was only one piece of machinery used during the entire process, and that was a drill press. I don’t know if you can tell from this picture, but some of those rungs look almost as if they were turned on a lathe…. nu uhhh!

This was my first ever piece by the way, and I’m very proud of it.

-- Toolboxdiva

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 02:40 PM

This is a great piece. You have every right to be proud. i can’t say any of my first pieces were worthy of display. Thanks for sharing.

-- Anthony

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 04:15 PM

Thank you Anthony, I had a great teacher, and no pressure to finish in a certain amount of time, so I could relax and put as little or as much into it as I wanted.

-- Toolboxdiva

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 04:29 PM

Very nice job on everything. This is the way to learn woodworking. If you learn to do it with hand tools, then you’ll know better how to get it done, if you decide to move on to power tools. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 04:59 PM

Welcome to L.Js great job on the two projects posted. If that smile comes from your love of woodwork,just keep on woodworking.

-- measure twice cut once!!!!!!! whoops

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 06:06 PM

Very nice indeed. The shakers would be proud.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 08:05 PM

Hi Toolboxdiva
Welcome to LJ,

Great decision to just to stand by the pupils.

And this is a great outcoming

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 04-10-2011 01:38 AM

Nice work! Under normal circumstances doesn’t “Shaker” and “made with hand tools” mean the same thing? Well, maybe in some parts of the country!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#8 posted 04-10-2011 04:36 AM

Does it? well I did say it was the first thing I ever made, so my bad – I guess that’s how we learn,
thanks for pointing that out for me.

I thought that Shaker was a way of life, but being a British import,
I can easily get confused with what’s been done to the language here…. colour/color etc.

Maybe I’m confusing Shakers and Quakers, or is it Movers and Shakers?
Jeesh, I dunno, I just know that stool took me a couple of months to complete, has many, many hours into,
and it is my pride and joy! I even sit on it occasionally, but usually just allow a magazine on it.

-- Toolboxdiva

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#9 posted 04-10-2011 07:43 PM

Love this stool! I have always wanted to do the webbed seat thing. Yours looks terrific ad I am inspired! Is it terribly hard to actually do, or can a person REALLY just follow the directions in a book?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 04-14-2011 03:49 AM

Well, I didn’t follow directions in a book, I was participating in a class, or rather keeping my hands busy while supervising a student who was in the class. The teacher was terrific, he had a way of teaching us to get that webbing so tight, that it was like a drum, and still is several years later. I don’t see why you couldn’t follow it from a book tho’, if it were well written, and illustrated, step by step. I love learning from books. But then I usually go my own way part way thru…. It really isn’t hard to do, Rivergirl, but repetative and the more you pay attention to detail the better, as in any project… go ahead try it… let me know how it goes.

-- Toolboxdiva

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