Walnut Stool

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Project by IgotWood posted 02-19-2008 07:52 PM 2180 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stool is based on a plan I found on, “A Sturdy Footstool” by Mario Rodriguez. It is made out of some walnut I got from a lady I work with. Her grandparents cleared some land on their East Texas ranch and had all this walnut milled and dried. It is different than any other walnut I have used or seen, maybe it is a different variety, or maybe it was not steamed like walnut typically is before drying. Anyhow, some parts had some wonderful figure, so I use some of that for the top. The wedges in the tenons are maple.

-- Jeremy, Austin Texas- A bad day in the shop beats a good day at work

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#1 posted 02-19-2008 08:14 PM

That is pretty. I have glued up a few pieces of walnut that are waiting to become a bench very simular to this, but after drying I found that one of the would be legs has a crack in it.

Great looking bench.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#2 posted 02-19-2008 08:16 PM

Great stock selection for the top…I bet the picture doesn’t begin to do it justice. Good work!

-- Robb

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#3 posted 02-19-2008 09:23 PM

That is fantastic looking! Excellent choice of lumber for the top.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-19-2008 10:36 PM

Man, that wood is too pretty to step on!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-19-2008 11:03 PM

A really nice piece and a lot more work than many will think.

Nice job giving that unique piece of wood a nice display for the next 100 years or so.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#6 posted 02-19-2008 11:35 PM

The figure in the top is gorgeous. The maple wedges add a really nice detail to the piece.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-20-2008 05:39 AM

Beautiful job on bringing that grain out. That is nice. The wedges look good too.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 02-20-2008 08:12 AM

Well, right after looking at the pics, I was gonna say, “Now that’s a sturdy stool!” But, then I read the description and figured it may be a bit redundant to say that considering it is ” A Sturdy Footstool.” Istill managed to sneak it in there though – you see…

Good looking stool!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 02-21-2008 12:54 AM

what a nice little stool. i like how you used tenons with the maple to create more ‘fine furniture’ than just a functional stool. and as everybody said that is some beautiful walnut figure. nice job!

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#10 posted 02-21-2009 03:49 AM

Wow, the top is gorgeous!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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