Shop Stool

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Project by AttainableApex posted 07-07-2011 08:35 PM 2290 views 6 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This stool was built based on the stool built by David Marks on wood works. The through tenons are made by cutting away the top and re gluing it back together. While he didn’t use dowels on the top i did and it made it way easier to put back together and added a nice little touch. On the prototype stool i made i tried it his way and it went to straight to the trash. This was sort of a second prototype as this was all scrap wood (some ash, oak, and maple i had laying around) and not what i really want it out of, walnut :).

The stretchers were cut on my new incra 1000hd miter guage and the 1/10 of an degree feature was a dream. The angles were not all the same like one side it was 83.2 degrees and then 82.9 so it was nice having it and in the end they fit amazingly. There is not one piece of metal in the whole thing and i am very proud of that. The thing is way solid and i think it will last for a long time.

When i put the top together i knew there was some screw holes but didn’t know if they would show and they ended up showing. I tried to fill it with epoxy but it looks bad.The top was first shaped with a block plane and chisel until i got a sanding disk for my grinder. It still amazed me how well a hand plane can cut if it is really sharp. The top was shaped for you to basically sit on the corner of the stool so your legs would fit into the channels cut into it. The bottom was carved away a little to make grabbing it easier. In the top there are 14 dowels holding everything together and there is 16 holding the stretchers on. The legs are at a 7 degree angled in both directions along with being slightly tapered. The stretchers were cut with a bevel on the top and bottom and then chamfered with a block plane. They were all from one piece of wood so i made the grain flow around the chair.

well now for the pics.
Picture 1: shows the two screw holes, one right in the middle and one on one of the channels cut into it.
Picture 2: here you can see the dowels holding the legs together and the two outside ones are actually going the opposite direction
Picture 3: here is the 3 dowels holding the 3 pieces of the top together
Picture 4: the dowels for the stretchers, two for each side and they were staggered and angled as to not hit the other dowels.
Picture 5: in red, on the left side is were i made the cuts with the table saw to remove material for the legs to fit through and on the right side is where all the dowels for the top are going.
Picture 6: here you can see the little bit i hand carved to give a little handle when moving the stool.

For a shop stool this thing is perfect. It fits my bench really well and is just high enough. I will be making another one of these soon for a friend hopefully out of walnut but i would love to make another for myself.

-- Ben L

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 08:45 PM

Very cool! Mind if I steal? I like how you kept it a bit faceted, just how a workshop piece should look. I really like it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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