Mulberry Stool

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Project by CodyM posted 06-08-2012 10:49 PM 1511 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stool was made using greenwood working techniques. The tree was a 24” diameter mulberry that I found out about in the local classified ads online. A very nice older couple was giving the wood away to anyone who wanted it for firewood/woodworking projects. The tree cutting company left the main trunk standing for me so I could cut it to whatever lengths I wanted. After cutting it down I had to split it into quarters to be able to carry and transport it (tossed it in the back seat of my ‘97 pontiac bonneville.) Once it was at my house I proceeded to continue splitting it down into even smaller sections using steel wedges and a sledgehammer. Used a drawknife to square up the stock to 1 1/2” for the legs and 3/4” for the rungs. Then shaved off all corners to make the legs and rungs eight-sided. Repeat once more to make them sixteen-sided. The rungs were then super dryed by placing in the oven on its lowest setting for about eight hours. After the rungs were dryed I shaped the tenons to a snug 5/8”. Mortises in the still really green legs were drilled with a forstner bit in a handheld battery powered drill (wanted to use a hand brace but didn’t have a 5/8” bit, oh well.) Assembled with glue and set aside to dry for a month or so. Then I applied one coat of danish oil. When that was dry I used 1/2” wide flat reed to weave the seat using a two over/two under herringbone pattern. Then two more coats of danish oil and quick rub down with a white scotchbrite pad and I am calling this one complete. Picture #6 shows the main trunk in quarters.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 06-09-2012 01:27 AM

Nice job. It means a lot more when you start with a log rather than store bought lumber. I have some mulberry that I haven’t resawed yet. It is almost identical to hedge in appearance. I wonder if it will keep its color or turn brown.

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 02:42 AM

Looks great. Don’t you hate when you want to do something all natural and then you find out you don’t have everything you need. Oh well.

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#3 posted 06-09-2012 06:40 PM

What a great adventure. I really like that.

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