Acoustic Stool

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Project by dustysawyer posted 01-14-2013 03:58 PM 1412 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The stool height is 24”. Wood is Red Oak and the Walnut from a gun stock blank reject. 1”x3” Dowels in the seat are not glued. Just draw bored and wedged with Pear Wood. (I finally got to use my Moxon vise) The legs are not tapered. Just distortion from wide angle lens. I like to think the “racing stripe” enhances my picking speed but others would say the added width accommodates my ample posterior. A question for the joinery experts: If weight limit were exceeded, which joint would likely fail first?

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 04:05 PM

Don’t know that I qualify as an expert by any stretch, but I’ve read that wood grain will fail before well jointed and glued joints. So, I think you’re good!

Nice stool. Does that rung get you just the right height for playing?

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 04:21 PM

That grain pops
No worries that stool aint going to break
your design gives all joints the best strenth

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 05:52 PM

This turned out great,super looking stool.

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 05:54 PM

Yep. The bottom rung for banjo and mountain dulcimer. Both rungs for guitar and mandolin.

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 09:49 PM

That turned out a “fetching” tool ! You’re too good!

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 10:49 PM

Sr. Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer here. For the joints you have, the enemy is tension. The only joints in tension are the rungs/foot rests. The tension of the rungs depends on the splay of the legs, the position of the rungs and the friction between the floor and the foot of the leg. Small splay angle – good. Low rung – good. On carpet – good. Pinned tenon (doweled and screwed?) joints on the rungs – good. Given all of that, you are golden. With the feet on carpet and solid, fresh joints, the legs would probably buckle first. Park a buss on it. You’ll be fine.

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