Greene & Greene Footstool

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Project by Timothy M. Shead posted 04-27-2011 08:29 AM 6212 views 33 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mahogany footstool with elements of Greene & Greene design. A nice exercise in through mortise & tenon joints, using hand tools exclusively, including a homemade scratch stock for rounded edges. See additional images and information at

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 09:38 AM

Nice little stool and the heels are a nice touch they look good on you.

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#2 posted 04-27-2011 10:48 AM

Great work! Very clean…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 12:19 PM

Very nice design and a great color… they come in size 12 EEE ?
Just kidding….The stool is fantastic !!!

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

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#4 posted 04-27-2011 01:27 PM

Great looking design, using beautiful wood. I like it!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 01:52 PM

That is too sweet.

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#6 posted 04-27-2011 03:11 PM

As all have said above, and what a great exercise in hand tool work! You’ve done a beautiful job on this. Lovely.


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#7 posted 04-27-2011 03:24 PM

Very nice stool Timothy. I like it!
I’m very interested in what you used for your backdrop in the photos? Could you please share with me? I’d love to get my photo’s to look like that!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#8 posted 04-27-2011 03:50 PM

Impressive work, and lovely photography as well.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#9 posted 04-27-2011 04:45 PM

Impressive, and the stool is very nice too. ;-)))

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ 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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#10 posted 04-27-2011 05:16 PM

I love it! I couldn’t see any wedges or pins in the tenons. I want to try something like this but thought I would need to wedge it or pin it.

-- Bryan

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#11 posted 04-27-2011 06:15 PM

Very nice job. I like the through tenons vs. dowels or screws and then square plugs. It really turned out nicely. How did you choose to finish this piece?

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Timothy M. Shead

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#12 posted 04-27-2011 07:45 PM

Thanks, everyone, for your feedback and your interest.

Ryan: the backdrop is just the boring tan carpet that came with the house. The most important ingredient in good photography is good lighting, everything else (including the camera) is secondary. Cameras aren’t as sensitive as human eyes, so normal home lighting is insufficient.

Bsmith: that’s correct, no wedges were harmed for this project. My goal was to get the most precise through tenon joints possible, so only a little hide glue was necessary to hold things together. And I half-considered doing without the glue ;)

Wilton: the Khaya (African) Mahogany for this project is a very difficult wood; I used a scraper plane to cleanup tearout, followed by light sanding, water-soluble dye, and varnish.

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#13 posted 04-27-2011 09:42 PM

Beautiful stool in the awesome G&G motif’.

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

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#14 posted 04-28-2011 01:17 AM

Wow one beautiful bench. Great craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#15 posted 04-28-2011 02:10 AM

Thing of beauty! Simple and elegant. Gives me hope to get there some day/1


-- Saw Dust Generator

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