Stool made totally with Joints

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Project by George Coles posted 08-10-2013 06:21 AM 2020 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stool is made from recycled Ipil. It is the second of this series and I think I have it right now. The first photo (is shown in the upside down position) shows the foot rest assembly and how it is held into the legs with a half lapped joint. These foot rests are locked into place by the cross piece which has a dove tail into each foot rest. The more the legs try to spread out, (which is natural when weight is added to the seat) the tighter the joints lock it in. The leg assembly is recessed into the seat with a wedge tenon. The seat is hollowed towards the center, which does not show up to well in the photo.

This design has allowed me to build a stool with no nails or screws. The finish is my own finishing oil with two coats of Beeswax.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 09:07 AM

Man this is a real beauty! Its a work of art fron then disign to the finish!

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

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 09:22 AM

Great work!

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 09:31 AM

Awesome project, beautiful wood

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

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#4 posted 08-10-2013 10:55 AM

What a beautiful stool, the joinery is excellent…you did an awesome job George.

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

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#5 posted 08-10-2013 12:03 PM

excellent design and engineering… and extremely well executed. congratulation on such fine work.

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#6 posted 08-10-2013 12:15 PM

WOW! Love it.

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#7 posted 08-10-2013 12:31 PM

Very attractive—beautiful wood.

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#8 posted 08-10-2013 01:55 PM

I like it


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#9 posted 08-10-2013 03:23 PM

Great work!

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#10 posted 08-10-2013 03:30 PM

Cool design and excellent build

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#11 posted 08-10-2013 03:47 PM

Excellent stool. The design is really great. I really like the shape and sculpting of the footrest.

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#12 posted 08-10-2013 05:20 PM

Beautiful piece. Love the wood, finish, color, design and craftsmanship.

-- jerry

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#13 posted 08-11-2013 04:03 AM


Your design and execution is outstanding! Is it possible to take it apart again after it has had weight on it? Or are the joints so tight that it won’t come apart?

Thanks for sharing.


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#14 posted 08-13-2013 12:40 AM

Just beautiful…

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#15 posted 08-13-2013 06:48 PM

That’s a super stool, looks really amazing. Beautiful wood, great finish and excellent joinery.

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