Bedside Stool

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Project by CreekWoodworker posted 01-07-2012 05:29 PM 2464 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this stool for my daughter-in-law, she was having a difficult time getting into her bed while pregnant. I started making four of these, but it has been difficult to get much shop time lately so I backed off and finished this one. I have the pattern cut out for the others stools and will complete them as I get time. BTW, I decided I had to complete the first one before my grandson turns one.

I started this project from a Finewoodworking plan, but I change it up a little by experimenting with inlays, using a curve shape for the top, added a whale tail pattern to the stretcher, and added single point beads to the legs. I had a lot of fun with hand tool on this project, but I did find the wedge tenon and mortise to be challenging. It was difficult for me to get a tight joint without chip out. The stool is made out of cherry and the rectangular shaped inlays are purple heart and the strip inlay was purchased from Woodcraft.


-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#1 posted 01-07-2012 05:48 PM

Sweet.. I really like the inlay. Very nice job..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 06:37 PM

Mike this is a really nice stool ,I like it’s whole design.

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 06:40 PM

Very attractive stool. The inlay work is well done. What is the tool beside the router plane in the photo?

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 07:30 PM

Very nice job, i really like the way you changed the inlay design from one end to the other. The total design of the piece shows an artistic talent.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 10:00 PM

Randy, the tool next to the hand router is a Veritas Beading Tool. I used it to cut in the bead on the legs.

Everyone, thanks for the comments. Although it took me some time to build I really enjoyed it. Found the hand tool work is a great way to relax.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 02:40 AM

Nice job making the design your own, looks like a beautiful piece.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#7 posted 05-09-2017 01:12 PM

Mike, this stool is a real beauty and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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