Ryczka/Golden Ratio Stool made from reclaimed wood

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Project by Cobwobbler posted 08-07-2011 02:48 AM 3438 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I decided to build a Ryczka Stool using the wood I’d salvaged from a pallet the other day.
First off, I needed to work out how big it should be. I’d recently read about the “Golden Selection” ratio, a ratio of sides that together form, what is considered visually most pleasing. The ratios are 1×0.62×1.62 .

First, I took three planks of old pallet 100mm x 19mm (4” x 3/4”) and butt together, this gave me a seat depth of 300mm. Now, this was my 0.62 ratio, to find the value of 1, I dragged up a maths lesson from the dark recesses of my mind to give me; 1 = 300 / 0.62
which gave me a height of 486mm.
Now the width,
486×1.62 = 784.

784??? This was going to be a wide stool! But I wanted to try this Golden Ratio doo da to see what it would turn out like. I made it rough and ready as it was for my shed, although I did run my block plane over the seat area, so it’s less of a pain. I also made it with simple hand tools.
There is more info and pictures on my blog, I’m new here but will move to my blog up to Lumberjocks soon.

-- Martin, Rugby, United Kingdom. Make Tea, Not War.

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 03:22 AM

nice bench. it’s certainly nicely proportioned. you might be interested to read George Walker's blog – he has some interesting things to say about proportions and specifically about the golden ratio.

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 05:37 PM

Martin, I liked your bench and what you are doing on your blog. I have joined your followers. is a blog that I write here in Canada. May I add your blog to my list and comment on it in one of my postings? If you read my blog, I follow the “thumper rabbit” philosophy, if I can’t say something nice I don’t say anything at all so you will not be connected with a blog with a ranting fool. (i promise) cheers Ian W

-- any time in the wood shop is GOOD TIME

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 12:19 AM

Thanks for the tip AaronK,I’ll have a read of George’s Blog.
Ian W, That would be great to add my blog, cheers for that,
Keep making sawdust guys!
TTFN Martin

-- Martin, Rugby, United Kingdom. Make Tea, Not War.

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 08:48 PM

Golden ratio works for me. You too by the looks of it. Good use of recycled timber. I don’t know about you but it always feels more interesting re-working wood. Maybe its working within the limitations of the material, not sure. Anyway this one certainly looks the business, Martin, well done.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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