|Project by brianl||posted 01-09-2012 10:14 PM||2066 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I built this tabouret based on the plans from Robert Lang’s “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture. It’s a reproduction of the StickleyNumber 603 Tabouret. The entire project was completed using only hand tools with the exception of the mortises. I like being a galoot, but I’m not crazy enough to do mortises by hand.
It’s built from Walnut and it stands about 20” tall and 18” in diameter. A perfect height for a side table.
The hardest part of the entire project was shaping the top. Getting it round enough took twice as long as every other part of the build.
The legs are attached to the corbels with pegged mortise and tennon joints. The corbels themselves are joined with a half-lap joint.
The stretchers are dovetailed into the legs.
The top is attached using two screws set into slots allowing seasonal movement. Initially I wasn’t going to put height adjusters on the bottoms of the legs, but I live in an old house and the floors are so uneven the tabouret wobbled.
The finish is the same glaze that I used on my last project, the mirror frame. On top of the glaze is three coats of poly, finished with dark brown wax.
-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts