Bar Stools

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Project by OnTheFly posted 07-17-2013 03:28 PM 965 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three months into woodworking, this was my 4th project. For a guy with no experience and no family background in woodworking, I’m shocked that I could do this. However, I see A LOT of flaws that I didn’t know that I was doing wrong. Nevertheless, the project was so much fun and has served to encourage me to do research, take classes, learn from guys that are really good and move on to build nicer things!

For guys new to woodworking, Charles Neil has a free video that shows you how to cut the cabriole legs- It’s a lot easier than you would think.

The idea came from a night stand table that I thought I could change a bit to make fancy bar stools to fill this space in my kitchen. One of the major hurdles (which has not been solved, YET) was what to do for foot rests. I think four bars, stretchers, rails (whatever they should be called) connecting the legs would be too simple of a look for this stool. I guess if a good idea ever comes to me, I’ll figure out how to go back and add them in. All in all, I feel that they are more for show than for function. Since completing this project, I have learned a lot about designing and using cabriole legs in your work (including reading Jeffery Greene’s book: American Furniture of the 18th Century); thus, I now realize that there are a lot of things wrong with this design. Nevertheless, it was a great, fun project!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.


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#1 posted 07-17-2013 03:41 PM

Great work Brian, have been looking for bar stool ideas and this is certainly an excellent example… Not necessarily the “good idea” for footrests but I could certainly see rectangle panels approximately 3-4”W front and back using ?walnut border/figured maple panels…. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Dan

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 10:36 PM

Funny Dan, that’s what I was thinking. I just don’t know how I would attach them???

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 03:10 AM

Very beautiful stools and really nice design….

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 01:53 PM

Woah, these are nice. Again very nice display of grain. I always struggle with that.


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#5 posted 07-19-2013 06:16 PM

Wow! Very good looking bar stools. Great choice of woods and design especially on the legs. Awesome work!

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