|Project by KnotCurser||posted 05-01-2011 12:48 AM||1708 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
Quite a few months ago, a co-worker of mine requested I make her a distressed, oak stool.
A “trick” I use from time to time to get additional business is to take the finished piece into work and leave it by my desk for at least a day before I hand it over to it’s new owner. This always get attention, and in this case a new customer.
In this case, the order was for a pair of stools for Father’s Day Gifts – one for each Dad.
The best part is, she gave me total artistic freedom! Design, woods used, general size – the works! What a customer!!!
A long time ago I remember seeing an Asian inspired design for an outdoor bench in a WoodSmith Magazine. I dug it out of my archives and it fit the bill nicely. All I had to do was shorten it from 36 inches to 24 inches and get rid of some false through-tenons in the seat top.
The woods I chose were Redwood and Walnut. These two compliment each other nicely in that “Yin-Yang” sort of way. Soft and Hard. Dark and Light. Yadda Yadda Yadda. All the parts are an inch and a quarter thick.
I also loved the ten degree angles used throughout the project – it really lends some great lines to this stool. It really made some of the cuts a challenge, but it was easily worth the effort.
The other neat feature of this stool is that it uses only wood joinery – no screws or nails. The crosspiece is held together by a couple of dadoes and long pins tying it to legs. (See Pic 3). The top is held on with eight two inch long dowels.
I am glad I decided to save the offcuts from the legs as they made perfect clamping cauls later on. (See Pic 4).
Finish consists of two coats of tung oil and four of five coats of paste wax on the seat top.
I hope she likes these as much as liked making them!
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