Dovetailed Aztec-Vibe Stool

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Project by BirdlandCreations posted 2338 days ago 1298 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this stool as the first project for my intro class at Red Rocks Community College. I had only done 5 dovetails prior to this in practice just a week before, so not the greatest dovetail work but good experience.

Made this out of Oak and Poplar, and a Beech stretcher. design pieces are rough oak and a poplar diamond.

-- Steven Weber Jr., A Mile High @

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#1 posted 2338 days ago

very nice looking bench especially for a first project. I wish my first set of dovetails had come any where near as good. did you hand cut or rout them.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#2 posted 2338 days ago


This is an interesting design and you have some nice details on this stool. Your dovetails look ok and with practice they will get better.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#3 posted 2338 days ago

Sure looks like you are catching on to dovetails!

-- 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 2338 days ago

good posting … looking forward to seeing more of your work

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#5 posted 2338 days ago

that’s great (and creative too)

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#6 posted 2338 days ago

Good sturdy looking stool. I agree that the dovetails are not 100% perfect, but they certainly aren’t bad and will you will only get better with practice. Good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 2337 days ago

Very nice project – interesting detail for a bench.

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#8 posted 2337 days ago

Nice bench, really like the tusks. mike

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#9 posted 2337 days ago

Nice, I’d like to know more about the brace that runs through the center. Are the decorative pieces at the joint part of the joint or just decoration? I looks like these pieces pass through the leg and are part of the joint.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 2337 days ago

This piece has decorations glued onto it with spare wood pieces, the stretcher goes all the way through and I used a spoke shave for the first time ever to make the nice curves jet out the way the do. I appreciate the feedback from the community here, and i honestly dont like the dovetails but you have to start somewhere. I have gotten some good experience with dovetails since this project with practices joints, drawer joints for the bird box, and a carcass box practice.

-- Steven Weber Jr., A Mile High @

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#11 posted 1661 days ago

Dovetails are probably the hardest joint for a beginner, hence the reason I stay clear of them… lol
Good job on your early attempts at them… I have heard through the grapevine, that if you practice them enough, you actually get good at them… yet another challenge for us beginners…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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