Prototype - Stool

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Project by FritzM posted 2217 days ago 2387 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dimensions: 26”H x 14 1/4”W x 12”D
Wood: Birch & Walnut
Finish: N/A

Taking inspiration from Kaleo's stool, I built this prototype to evaluate dimensions, scale, proportions and joinery aesthetic. I used Birch because it’s cheap and the Walnut was what I had laying around. I milled the 8/4 Birch down to 1 1/4” for the legs, then tapered the parts on the bandsaw. Once tapered, I cut away the profile bevels on the tablesaw. Pre-glued the miters and then cut and installed keys for strength. I hand shaped the front edge of the seat slats with a heavier round-over in the center tapering out to less on the edges for entry/exit and sitting comfort. I am still toying around with several other options for the seat but this was what I came up with for this version of the prototype (others include slung industrial felt or tooling leather or a solid carved wood seatpan….). Because it’s a prototype I probably won’t put a finish on it. My original concept was to make a down and dirty version, tweak as necessary and then make a few out of all walnut but now that this version is finished, I like the mixed wood species….. we’ll see how the final version comes out.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#1 posted 2217 days ago

I like it. The only thing that I would change is contouring the seat slats similar to the solid seat on Kaleo’s stool. As I get older, I appreciate comfort more and more.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#2 posted 2217 days ago

yup, that looks as great as I thought it would. Nice Fritz. I agree with the recommendation that if you go this route with the wood slats or solid wood that you should contour the seat pan a bit. Cannot wait to see what the final version will have for the seat material. The shaping and taper on the legs is just awesome. I do like the mixed wood on this. If you did do it out of walnut you could also do the splines out of ebony or wenge for a subtle constrast.

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#3 posted 2217 days ago

Wonderful design! I suppose a little contouring of the seat would make it perfect, but that’s really looking hard to find anything wrong with a great stool.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Joe Brumley

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#4 posted 2217 days ago

Nice job Fritz. For a prototype that looks amazing. I am totally inspired. That is an excellent design and I can’t wait to see the final product. I too agree that a contour to the seat would set this chair off. I love the lines of the legs though.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#5 posted 2217 days ago

thanks for the comments guys. they motivated me to take some quick action. I blogged it here so I wouldn’t clog this up and piss martin off ;).

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#6 posted 2217 days ago

Really nice!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2216 days ago

Hi Fritz;

This is really nice.

Great craftsmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 2216 days ago

looks amazing fritz.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#9 posted 2216 days ago

Very nice build. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 2216 days ago

Cool design. I like the contrast of the woods… I can see this in a hard maple/walnut combo. The all walnut with really dark keys would be really nice too…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 2216 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#12 posted 2187 days ago

looks good dude

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#13 posted 1444 days ago

I LOVE this stool. You have some GREAT design ideas.

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