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Shaker Style Stool from FWW #231

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Project by Dan posted 12-26-2012 07:26 PM 2642 views 14 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently picked up the current issue of FWW (Feb 2013 issue #231) and one of the projects in the issue is this shaker style stool. I really liked the design and size of the stool so I thought I would go ahead and make myself one.

In the magazine the plan shows how to make this stool using only hand tools. I however used both power and hand tools when making my stool. Most of the work was done by hand though.

I made the stool using some reclaimed pallet wood that I had. I still don’t know for sure what kind of wood this is but I picked it because I really liked the colorful grain. A fellow LJ member told me he though it was Gum wood and after looking at some Gum wood pictures I would say thats a good guess. Cant say for sure though.

I had to glue up several pieces in order to get the right width. I cut the dados and tenons on the table saw and got some help from the drill press to cut the mortises. The dovetailed braces were all cut by hand and cleaned up with a chisel.

I ended up with some gaps in some of the dovetails so I had to go back and cut some very thin strips to fill the gaps. You can see them if you look really close. I also ran into a bit of a problem while pounding in the wedges to the tenons. While hammering one of the wedges in the top of the stool started to split at one end. I believe the wedge was not tapered enough and that is why the top split. I was able to get some glue in the split and clamp it back though.

I finished the stool with tung oil.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"





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#1 posted 12-26-2012 07:31 PM

That’s a real nice Shaker style stool Dan, thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 12-26-2012 07:43 PM

You did a real fine job on this Dan

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#3 posted 12-26-2012 07:59 PM

Nice stool Dan.I have 2 gum trees in my back yard and they are a PITA.Gum balls everywhere.After seeing this if I ever get mad enough at them I will cut them down and have em milled.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#4 posted 12-26-2012 08:00 PM

Awesome. I really like the character that the wood has

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#5 posted 12-26-2012 08:03 PM

Nice showing there Dan, that bench is built like a tank…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#6 posted 12-26-2012 08:12 PM

i really like the joinery here, its a stool that wont ever fall apart, you could park a tank on top…and the joinery is attractive..its always nice to do a project with mostly hand tools..that is where the real skil comes out…thanks for sharing it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 12-26-2012 08:32 PM

great job!! that wood is incredible!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#8 posted 12-26-2012 09:23 PM

A real nice lookin stool

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

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#9 posted 12-26-2012 09:33 PM

OK Dan, I’ll say it again, that is a sweet looking bench. I love the wood in it and your joinery makes it really look extraordinary.

A+

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#10 posted 12-26-2012 11:10 PM

Love the design and the character of the wood—Nice job!

-- Bob, Stillwater,MN

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#11 posted 12-26-2012 11:22 PM

The joinery is very nice looking! I love the grain in the wood. Very Cool!

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

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#12 posted 12-26-2012 11:47 PM

It is real nice Dan, you may have inspired me to try this one. The wood is cool, no matter what kind it is.

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#13 posted 12-27-2012 01:19 AM

Dan,very sharp stool/bench ,finish turned out great ,love the joinery

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#14 posted 12-27-2012 02:12 AM

Dan, This project is on my bucket list too… Hope mine turns out as good as yours! Well done!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#15 posted 12-27-2012 02:40 AM

That joinery is amazing! The color/grain looks like beetle kill pine but sounds like this wood is harder than that.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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