stool redux

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Project by jcsterling posted 10-28-2011 09:25 PM 2124 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

revised version of my shop stool . customer wanted stouter front legs so voila that is what they get. one stool for the parents to pass down to two children. Notice also that the foot rest on cherry / maple version is higher to accomdate shorter legs. orginal version is posted at

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#1 posted 10-28-2011 09:26 PM

these are beautiful. I’ll take 4, please!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 09:37 PM

ok Cory I will sign you up. when can you take delivery?

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#3 posted 10-28-2011 09:41 PM

these are beautiful. inspiring. thanks for posting.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 10-29-2011 12:45 AM

Great design. What type of joinery did you use? Thanks for the inspiration.

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#5 posted 10-29-2011 02:41 AM

Will the seat has a loose tenon that goes into a mortise in the back legs. front legs are dovetailed and the foot rest is mortise and tenon joinery. back legs are also screwed into the seat.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#6 posted 10-29-2011 03:25 AM

Always great John,

The grain on the walnut seat is fantastic, I’m sure it was a challenge shaping that crotch grain without getting tear out.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#7 posted 11-18-2011 06:17 PM

You have a lot to learn from! Thanks for posting all your great work.


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#8 posted 12-05-2011 09:11 AM

John, have you ever heard of Paul Sirofchuck (spelling?) ? He’s from Ligonier and some of your work looks just like his. I’ve seen it in person and it is awesome stuff. So is yours. It’s nice to see you are from Millmont and went to PSU. My wife and I lived in Milesburg and she is a 2005 alum. It sucks about Joe Pa, how about it? Keep up the nice work!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 10-18-2012 12:14 PM

very similar to mine, which i first designed in 1991….... interesting.

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#10 posted 10-18-2012 05:42 PM

Several years ago I was asked to make this project and given a photograph of what the client was looking for. I was told that the client did not know who the orginal builder was . I went ahead and decided to pursue the job because quite frankly I was in no position to turn down the work. prototype was made and revisions done. the project proceeded and everyone was happy. Approx a year ago I posted these pieces using that same design. It is thru the course of this post that it came to my attention who the orginal maker was . Even though there were differences I felt bad about the piece especially since I had met the man … but I honestly do not ever remember seeing this piece. I should have contacted the builder/artist at that time but I let it go .I wish to now publically apologize for interpreting his piece and claiming it as my own.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#11 posted 10-19-2012 12:41 PM

Thanks John. I only found this post in a random search for my last name the other day and was surprised. We actually met several years ago at a show in Pittsburgh ” A Fair in the Park ” and I used to hand out post cards of my work and contact info to a lot of potential clients. I originally designed the “Stingray Stool” in 1991, and have since sold 100’s. It has been a bread-and-butter item for me . I am a registered architect and a full-time woodworker, and the design portion of a project often exceeds the construction portion. We are all influenced by other artists’ work, however we need to be careful claiming such to be our own original work. For professional woodworkers, we are all trying to make a living from our craft, and should respect each others designs, which distinguish us from one another. John you are a talented woodworker and I thank you for your honesty. I’ll see you at the guild show in Lancaster in November. See my original version at

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