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Project by endgrainy posted 237 days ago 1386 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By far the most challenging project I’ve tried to date, these walnut stools pushed my dimensional thinking resources to the limit. The compound angles of the legs (attached to top with 3/4” dowels) and the subsequent angled mortise and tenon joins for the stretchers required a lot of trial and error. I made several mock ups with dimensional construction lumber.

The tops consist of two boards edge glued together, the curve was made on the bandsaw and then shaped further with rasps and files. Finish is a wash cost of shellac, followed by Arm-R-Seal satin topcoat. I made one, and then my wife insisted on the second and third. They’re not perfect but I learned a lot.





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NickyP

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#1 posted 237 days ago

VERY nice endgrainy. These stools look super comfortable, well built, and great style with a really nice looking color/finish. Well done sir!

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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GerardoArg1

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#2 posted 237 days ago

Great design! Nice job

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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clarkey

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#3 posted 237 days ago

Nice lines and the angles up to the seat looks great. The seat curve looks inviting ! Good job

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 237 days ago

They look great very nice work.

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Robsshop

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#5 posted 237 days ago

One looks challenging enough but 3 matching stools is a great feat ! Nice work

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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endgrainy

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#6 posted 237 days ago

Thanks for the encouraging words all!

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woodshaver

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#7 posted 237 days ago

Great looking stools! And nice rich color too!

For a second I thought I was on my own page! I have a few stool in here someplace.
I made a jig for my router to fit into to make the saddle seat part. It worked very well. I don’t want to hijack your page here but I think this could help. Link to one of my stool posts here
There are many pictures withing the post.
Keep up the good work!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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John Lowell

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#8 posted 236 days ago

Wow, great looking stools. I built almost the same design out of 1/2 ply and poplar top in an attempt to reduce the number of M/T joints. Yes, the angles were the challenge. How did you create the bowl in the seat? I used a belt sander, but what a mess that created.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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JuanGatico

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#9 posted 236 days ago

Congratulations, very nice project.

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endgrainy

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#10 posted 236 days ago

Woodshaver – I like the router jig, nice idea. That would be a good way to make repeatable seats in a safe way. Your stools are very nice.

John Lowell – for the seat I glued up two boards planed to 1.5” thick. I used a French curve to draw out the shape, and used my bandsaw (14” grizzly with a riser block) to remove most of the curve. The seat was up on its side, and I went slowly with lots of relief cuts to keep it as safe as possible.

I shaped the rest with files and lots of sanding. I would have used a spokeshave if I had one, but just ordered one after Christmas.

Thanks!

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John Lowell

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#11 posted 236 days ago

Now I have a bandsaw, but not then. Here is a photo of my attempt from material around the shop. Only did one, but took a long time….

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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endgrainy

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#12 posted 235 days ago

Nice John. The through mortises are gutsy! Me tenons were hidden for a reason :)

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Dsaams

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#13 posted 230 days ago

nice job, this looks really good.

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ATLJack

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#14 posted 230 days ago

Beautiful. My wife has been asking for me to make a few stools for our kitchen but I’ve been afraid to take on the challenge.

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woodshaver

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#15 posted 230 days ago

@ ATLJack,
Take the challenge! It’s not that hard. endgrainy stools look beautiful and are well built. He did a great job.
There are many other stools out there that you could check out here on LJ’s. There might be one that you may feel more comfortable making on this site. On my page you can find a plan to a stool with steps. You can leave the steps out if you don’t want them and just build the stool. Find the link to that plan here. I got the plan’s and owe the credit for them to Mac.
Give it a try!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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