step stool

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Project by sawdust55109 posted 11-02-2011 11:18 PM 1390 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a challenging little project.
It looks simple but the compound angles of the legs and the mortise and tenon joints make it tricky.
Legs are splayed 7 degrees in both directions.
Made from walnut with Holly inlay.
The top was meant to be one inch larger but a crack developed and I had to trim it smaller.

The inlay was done by hand using Lie-Neilson inlay tools designed by Steve Latta. They are pictured next to the stool.
Finish is tung oil and wipe-on poly.


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#1 posted 11-02-2011 11:51 PM

I would be afraid to step on that stool, way too pretty… :)

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#2 posted 11-03-2011 12:40 AM

Nice stool, very nice inlay.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 02:46 AM

Great job on the inlay, wonderful craftsmanship.

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#4 posted 11-03-2011 09:09 AM

Way too nice to step on. I feel for you having to change your plan due to a crack. I had the same problem with a pair of benches recently, from now on I will try to cut the heartwood out, and glue what remains and work with that.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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