6 Khaya mahogany stools with upholstery

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Project by sras posted 09-15-2013 08:29 PM 16185 views 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a design I created to go with our kitchen chairs. All joints are mortise and tenon (42 in each stool). I intended to post this months ago, but wanted a better camera. My son had his Nikon over today and I remembered to shoot these.

There is a fairly complete blog about the build located here .

The build is an example of tackling a large project with only spare time available. The build covers nearly 3 years. There were several times where the project sat idle while higher priorities were addressed.

This was a first time project for me in several ways:

1. First time using higher quality hardwoods. I have experience with cherry, walnut, oak etc. but the mahogany was more costly and a denser wood.

2. First time using angled mortise and tenons. The number of tenons justified my purchase of a tenoning jig which was a good aid.

3. First time cutting tenons on curved parts. I used a combination of custom jigs and the tenoning jig here.

4. First time with this many curved parts. In the past I have done a little bit of glued laminations, but this time involved quite a bit of this.

5. First time upholstering a seat. I had read about this many times and that background helped a lot.

6. First time building a chair. The final assembly took a lot of thought to get to where I was comfortable.

7. I kept track of the number of hours put into the construction of the stools. I did not include the time for design, prototypes and jigs. (The total was 245+ hours or 41+ per stool)

All in all, I am quite pleased with the result. The stools have been in service for nearly a year and look like new. Here are few more detail pictures:

Again, the blog covers a good deal of the build techniques, design details, jigs, assembly and finish.

Comments and critiques are welcome (as always).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 08:35 PM

Gorgeous Steve.
I’ve been waiting months for this post and you haven’t disappointed.
These would have been amazing photographed with a Brownie.
Congratulations on your results of this labor of love.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 09-15-2013 08:50 PM

I really like the design and the wood. Great job.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 08:56 PM

Thanks Paul! You are probably right, but that camera really takes nice pictures! much better than my pocket point and shoot.

Thanks for the comment mbs – I’m glad you like them.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 09-15-2013 09:06 PM

super nice work … new family heirlooms

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 09-15-2013 09:59 PM

very nice, You can’t buy any thing the nice in a store.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#6 posted 09-15-2013 10:01 PM

Yea Steve!
You posted them. What a wonderful time it was for us following along. And what wonderful results.

Nice build Sir.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 09-15-2013 10:06 PM

Thanks Dan – I kept getting asked why I was bulding 6 when 5 seemed to be enough. 5 fit better around the island and there are only 5 in our family. My reply is that eventually (in the far distant future – hopefully) each child will get 2.

Chuck – I agree. We found stools that were the right size, but not the right style. None of them were going to be around for generations.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 09-15-2013 10:06 PM

Thanks Steve! Luckily there are no penalty points for a late posting ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 09-15-2013 10:24 PM

Wow, the stools look great. Lots of firsts. I’d say great design, great looking wood, great construction, great upholstery job and great looking finish.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 09-15-2013 10:40 PM

Your meticulous care during this endevor has reall paid off in spades. You’ve really done yourself proud, Sir.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#11 posted 09-15-2013 10:42 PM

Great work Steve.
Those came out really nice !

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#12 posted 09-15-2013 10:49 PM

Steve – they just shimmer…...what an epic project for sure. I too have been waiting for these photos…...Congrats on a terrific milestone accomplished.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 09-15-2013 10:50 PM

Very beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 09-15-2013 11:00 PM

That is one beautiful project and they will last a lifetime!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 09-15-2013 11:18 PM

Great job on the stools, they look comfortable too!
Did you use a standard tenoning jig at the tablesaw?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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