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Stools & Router Jig for my daughter

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Project by woodshaver posted 08-09-2012 01:09 AM 7212 views 86 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jig to cut saddles in the stool seat’s I was making for my daughter. I built this in about 30 minutes.
I had no idea about how to do this so I just put my Woodworking thinking Cap on and one thing led to another kinda? And I ended up with this jig.

I laid a 1”x4” board on my workbench marked the center then marked the dimensions of the long edge of the seat blank on the board. I took a long stick put a nail in the end of it and drew an arc that look like what I wanted for my seat. Then used my band saw to cut the arc on the two 1”x4” lengths of some cheap strapping. Then I made the frame and cross cradle for the router. I used all scrap wood and some sheet rock screws to put it togeter then screwed the arc to the roll around table.

The pictures tell the rest of the story. This was my first time doing this task. The Jig worked better then I expected. Oh! and the stools came out ok too!

Stool plans here by Mac.

I made a few stools without the steps. Makes a good bar stool.

In the plan the (see) “Dowel Stops”. they were an after though, they are not need and will only get in the way of your work. Just leave them out if you plan on building this jig



-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!





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GMman

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 01:20 AM

Great looking stools

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 02:36 AM

Great looking stools and so is the jig. Thanks for sharing.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 05:29 AM

Everything looks great form here!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 06:11 AM

Very cool idea!

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 06:50 AM

Very, very nice.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 07:09 AM

Great thinking and a great set of stools

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 08:28 AM

Great jig and stools very cleaver. Can I barrow that woodworking thinking cap you mention? I could use one from time to time. LOL I like the fold up stool alot!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 08-09-2012 10:35 AM

Great job. I was thinking how to do the same task for rocking chaisr. Now I know how to do it.
The stools turned out great also.
Thanks for sharing

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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#9 posted 08-09-2012 10:37 AM

I really like the jig idea. Man-powered CNC.

Nice looking stools.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 08-09-2012 11:38 AM

”Can I barrow that woodworking thinking cap you mention? I could use one from time to time. LOL ”

Ken90712….... You got me thinking! Maybe I should be making those Thinking Cap’s instead! LOL!!

Monte Pittman ….... “Man-powered CNC” ....I like the way you think!

Thanks all for the nice and funny comments!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#11 posted 08-09-2012 12:25 PM

Super nice stools. I like the one with the fold-in steps. That’d be handy for me in the shop. Nice jig for scoopin out the seat area as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#12 posted 08-09-2012 01:09 PM

Thats a set of great looking stools and a great jig. I have been wanting to build a set of stools but have not found any that I like… until now!!! I see you got the origian plans from Mac but it looks like you made some changes. could you share them. I can see the top is thicker and the lags look like they come down at different angles.
thanks. Gerry

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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#13 posted 08-09-2012 02:48 PM

Those came out really great. I can see how this approach could be used on a lot of different sculpting applications.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#14 posted 08-09-2012 03:15 PM

gpastor,
The stools are just like Mac’s with a few changes.
I used 5/4 Cherry for the seat tops so I could do the saddle and I didn’t use any cleats to attach the steps and top.

The legs are all cut @ 10 degrees same as Mac’s. But the stool legs look like they’re at a different angle in the photos at the top. Guess it’s an optical illusion.

IMG_6174[1]


I didn’t use any screws or nails, everything is mortise and tendon and doweled. IMG_6177[1]

I made some small dowels to pin the stops and pivot dowel 6011a

Step’s and top seat’s are doweled in. IMG_5977

IMG_5978

Dowel jig
IMG_6136

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#15 posted 08-09-2012 03:36 PM

Thanks so much for the added info. And the pictures. That helps a lot , one more thing what size is the pivot dowel?

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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