Wooden Stool

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Project by George Coles posted 02-15-2013 12:02 PM 1255 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have just finished making this stool. Was not sure which was best, with a padded leather seat or with a wooden seat. So I made both. This is made so that the more pressure you put on the seat, the harder the joints are forced together. I wont go into all the structural details but it is a very strong design that should last for years. It is made from recycled Ipil, a hardwood from the Philippines.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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#1 posted 02-15-2013 12:43 PM

I thought I would like the padded seat best before I looked at the wood seat. Wow! Really graceful lines and I appreciate the mechanical integrity. Nice work!

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#2 posted 02-15-2013 03:42 PM

Really Cool –
A very similar wood seat version was just in Fine Woodworking Readers gallery this month.

-- “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” ― H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 04:09 PM

NICE BUILD! You do good work. Must be that there is inspiration in the wod? And I’m envious of the woods that are available to you guys. LOL!

I’m enjoying your creative quest.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 02-15-2013 04:15 PM

Beautiful wood. I like the design.

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

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 04:21 PM

At first I thought padded seat so much more comfy. Then I looked at the wooden seat….. Wow it shows off the project so much more. I vote for the wooden seat but then again I am a lumberjock…LOL

Both are fantastic and great design….. Congrats…..

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

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#6 posted 02-15-2013 04:24 PM

cool design,well done

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-15-2013 11:52 PM

beautiful stools. I really like the curved leg design. Are they bent laminations of stream bent? Both versions look great, but I prefer the wood seat. It looks more elegant.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 02-16-2013 02:49 AM

Hi Woodbridge. I used both lamination’s and steam bending on this project. Front legs steam and back lamination.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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#9 posted 02-17-2013 02:32 AM

Beautiful work, George.

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#10 posted 02-18-2013 03:41 PM

Wow! both look great, can now imagine what beautiful Ipil wood really is. My dad used to have a lot of them in a farm in Phils. and get the leaves as cow feeds then the trunk for firewood. I might try some for chairs and hope will look as gorgeous as yours. Great work!


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#11 posted 02-18-2013 05:13 PM


How long did this wood dry?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 02-19-2013 01:09 AM

This is recycled timber, My guesstimate is that it had been cut more than 100 years ago. When I tested with moisture meter, the post it came out of was 16% and the normal moisture content here is around 18 – 20 % on my meter.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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#13 posted 02-19-2013 02:55 AM

LOL! It dried a long time ago…..

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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