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Project by Jim Sellers posted 10-20-2012 03:35 PM 2524 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unlike the first one I made, using the same birch iron on veneer and then colored with stain marking pens, this new one is all natural colors made with 3 different types of veneers. See the comparison in pic 3. The voids are puttied and colored with a black marker. I always use brush on high gloss poly on these. A friend/colleague who is a decorator/designer commented that she didn’t like the stools. Said the tops were spectacular but I guess the stools themselves were a little too “standard issue”. Well, I’m more into making the tops than the stools but after that I felt challenged to come up with a new design, which you see here. Not sure if I like it but it was actually easier to build than the “standard issue”. I’m anxious to hear what her opinion on this one will be.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.





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#1 posted 10-20-2012 03:54 PM

Holy Smokes !! That’s a lot of nice work on all of them : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Mike

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#2 posted 10-20-2012 03:56 PM

Very cool! Nice job.

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - http://www.termitecrafts.com

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#3 posted 10-20-2012 04:26 PM

Spectacular work for sure, the intricate designs You use are just Great, she will have to be impressed with Your fine work and inovative designs, or just stay standing, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 10-20-2012 04:37 PM

Very nice work Jim.
You really have to take up marquetry.
Here's a stool that I think is quite elegant in it’s simplicity.
I found it in a Fine Woodworking several years ago with design credited to Tage Frid but I’m sure that in one form or another it is one of those “lost in time” styles.
I like your new one …. just thought you might like to see another idea.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 04:55 PM

Wow, this is really great!!

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#6 posted 10-20-2012 07:07 PM

You asked so: I think your bases are a tad clunky..Shipwright has a good example of a base that will not compete with your tops. You want the base to disappear and the tops to be the highlight. Good luck

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#7 posted 10-20-2012 07:21 PM

Jim, Your new stool is awesome. Your skills are far beyond mine. I think the base is very clever. I can’t wait to see more of your woodworking and design evolution.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 10-20-2012 07:27 PM

I went to the highest athority in our house (SWMBO) and got the same opinion as Michelletwo, seems like the gals don’t like the heavy looking stools. They gotta move ‘em to sweep and mop??
I think your seats need a light airy base to make them shout. Think of a great painting … now think of the frame.
(She Who Must Be Obeyed)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Jim Sellers

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#9 posted 10-20-2012 09:32 PM

Thanks for all of the compliments and constructive criticism. Michelle and grumpymike I totally agree and will definitely use Pauls recommended design on the next (thanks Paul) Simple and basic yet stylish. So I’m discontinuing the “standard issue and bulky”. I was getting tired of making all those mortises and tenons anyway.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 10-20-2012 11:33 PM

WOW squared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those are just OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 10-21-2012 02:57 AM

Wow these are all so cool,great job.

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#12 posted 10-21-2012 05:26 AM

Woww, this is amazing.

This first time I thought it was great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 10-21-2012 05:07 PM

Definitely great tops, I like those “unfinished” tops, and while I would not have noticed the bases, because I
was concentrating on the seats; those simple elegant bases Shipwright showed would be better. Thank you
for showing us these masterpieces.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 10-22-2012 11:43 AM

Some very moving tops.

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

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