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Project by Nitreug posted 174 days ago 1535 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this stool as part of Chris Wong’s Shop Stool Build Off which took place during the last weekend of January. Since his requirements were quite simple, I came up with three things I wanted to see in my own stool:

1. get rid of some scraps including my zebrawood which was bought for another project but changed my mind so I had this nice piece of wood that I really wanted to use.
2. to include a curved seat to try my newly bought rasps and add a few curves in the project.
3. to see the end grain on the walnut.

My initial idea was to make trough tenons but after making the curves on the legs and through the seat, I quickly realized that it could be difficult and time-consuming. I came up with this design on the fly and this is the project I had the most fun building in a very long time. The biggest challenge with designing like this is that you can have some difficulty getting a few measurements right but it just meant that I had a few adjustments to make. I used my newly bought Domino joiner in a couple of places and it was a great project to try it on.

The finish is a wiping varnish with semi-gloss varnish.

You can visit Chris Wong’s website at for more details about the shop stool build off and I welcome criticism!

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#1 posted 174 days ago

wow, the stool looks great, love the wood choices and all of the curves, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#2 posted 174 days ago

Great looking stool, great wood choices, and with curves.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 174 days ago

This is a really good looking stool. It looks like something I would like to design and build, so it definitely appeals to me. Great job! Going into the favorites!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 174 days ago

Very nice work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 174 days ago

looks great

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#6 posted 174 days ago

Thanks for great comments!

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#7 posted 174 days ago

I really like this stool. Great design and nice choice of woods. I like the subtle contrast.

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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#8 posted 174 days ago

This is a good looking stool. You know if you tweak the proportions a bit, it would be a lovely design for an entryway table. Just a thought…...

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#9 posted 174 days ago

Beautiful stool. But, for a shop? I bet you have one of those work benches that look like furniture from the living room too. I love the zebrawood seat. Really compliments the walnut.

-- Dave K.

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#10 posted 174 days ago

Beautiful work, wood choices and design. Is it stable? It might just be the pictures but it looks like it could be tipsy! (no offense meant).

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Greg In Maryland

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#11 posted 174 days ago

Wow that is stunning.


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#12 posted 173 days ago

Looks great. The beauty of simplicity well captured.


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Andy Panko

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#13 posted 173 days ago

Looks amazing! How is the seat attached? Dominos?

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ

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#14 posted 173 days ago

MisterBill, I still have to adjust the legs a little bit since two are a little bit longer than the other two but other than that, when you sit on it, it is surprisingly stable. You obviously can’t rock too much on it but it’s not a circus act to stay on it.

cathyb, I did notice after the fact that a few adjustments to the design would make a nice hall table. I actually have a nice piece of mahogany that I was keeping for this purpose.

Andy Panko, The seat is attached on one side with dominos and glue and I think I just left the other side floating. It is pretty secure nevertheless since it is pretty tight between the legs.

Thanks again for the comments

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#15 posted 173 days ago

Some design!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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