Antiqued White Oak Barstool

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-23-2014 11:19 PM 1229 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was created as a commissioned piece for a very good friend of ours.

A couple of years ago I made her a milking stool that looked ancient – she gave it to a friend for the holidays.

Now she wants a larger one for her own house. :-)

The wood is all solid white oak, with the exception of the walnut wedges I used to secure the upright tenons.

The seat started out at 1 3/4 inches thick – after carving, sanding and distressing it averages around 1 1/2 inches.

It stands two feet high.

Pic four is a view of the bench right after hammering in the wedges – uncarved and perfect…. I always feel a tad bit of remorse right before I start distressing a piece I worked SO hard on getting so square and true.

Pic five is what I had to do to get all the angles correct in my head prior to cutting the oak – all four legs lean in towards the center on a double, five degree angle. It made it a bloody nightmare fitting the top to the legs!

Finish was three coats of a Tinted Danish Oil/Poly Mix that I came up with to enhance distressed pieces.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 12:09 AM

The top looks great …really like the color as well : )

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 09:34 AM

Very nice stool and the distressing is so well done that it looks genuinely aged. Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 08:33 PM

Looks good and it certainly looks like plenty of buns have sat on this stool. Nice carving.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 03:21 AM

Nicely done. Is this the 5th one of a set? I seem to see a mark near the leg that has 5 marks + 1. I don’t know how to say that in words.

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 02:36 PM


Nope – this is a single. I like to put marks like that when making items look old – one could imagine a person marking the stool to count something in the distant past.

Sounds corny, but it works to better give the illusion of antiquity.

Good eyes, by the way!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 01-25-2014 04:40 PM

This is a wonderful practical project. Very nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 01-25-2014 07:35 PM

Far out !!! The notion of distressing always distressed me until I saw this. It really completes the piece.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 11:34 PM

Wow! Nice n stout.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 02:49 AM

Fantastic piece. Nicely done.

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#10 posted 08-17-2015 06:52 PM

Very nice! This may be my next project!

Thanks for sharing!

-- CC

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