Childrens spade back stool

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Project by rilanda posted 08-13-2012 07:23 PM 1099 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A fairly simple and straight forward stool to make, it is made entirely of European Beech and predominately a turned construction with tapered socket and dowel joints. I approach this type of work a little different to the normal approach, preferring to plane and prepare the timber for the legs and rails PAR with 3 mm left oversize for final turning. These are then marked out for drilling and then drilled with the appropriate drill and the drill press table set to the appropriate angles, only after drilling are these items turned. The legs are dowelled into two rails that are attached to the seat with slotted screws. The seat is marked out for the shape and the mortise for the back which goes through the seat, the back support spine is housed into the seat extension and also into the back. The seat is cut to shape mortised, drilled and trenched for the spine, before being cleaned up. The back is tenoned, trenched for the spine and cut to shape before being cleaned up with the spine. The spine is cut to shape, rebated to produce the tongue to fit the trenches and cleaned up. Assembly is carried out by assembling the legs, rails, and seat first and allowing them to cure, the rails are screwed only to the seat no glue is used. Then the spine is assembled with the back before that assembly is joined with the seat leg assembly the tenon being lightly wedged from below. After assembly is complete the stool is thoroughly cleaned up, then it is place on a level surface, the bottom of each leg is marked around from the flat surface and cut off to the lines to provide the stool with a level base. The whole stool is finished with one coat sander sealer and three coats melamine lacquer.
Many apologies this is the only photo I have of this project.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 07:57 PM

Very nice

Reminds me of a spinning chair


-- 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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#2 posted 08-14-2012 09:02 PM

That’s a really nice stool Bill and it will be around for years and years to come.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 11:18 PM

That is a great looking stool. Not surprisingly I like the shape of the back.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 10:32 AM

Super nice. Appreciate all your work and the details you include some makes checking out your projects take on a new meaning.
Hope all is well with you and family.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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