The Stool #2 - critiques again please

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 142 days ago 1504 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Along with trying to get a lot of other things done, I decided to make another stool. I tried to add several changes in this one. The braces on the bottom are round M&T joints. I also rearranged them so that when you sit in the chair the rest for your feet is a comfortable reach. I cut the rear legs different. I think it is better for support. The seat is 2 inches lower on this one (26” from the floor). The seat is 4” wider (20” wide) still 16” deep. I made the back larger, raised it and contoured it some (although I think I would like more contour).The overall height of the chair is about 2” higher. Once again, it’s beetle kill pine. The last picture is the 2 together. Old one on the left and new one on the right.

Thanks for all of the responses.

Thanks for reading

-- 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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#1 posted 142 days ago

Nice improvements. At this point seems more like a chair. I know you don’t wear your cape when working in the shop, but do you live near Smallville?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 142 days ago

I definitely like the second better, although both are nice. Beetle kill shore is purdy.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 142 days ago

It looks really good, I think it is much improved from the first one, which was nice to begin with. The only thing I would change is the back rest. I think it looks too plain- almost kind of cheap? Something just seems off to me with the backrest. Keep it up though, hows the progress on rebuilding?

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#4 posted 142 days ago

How about a slight splay in the legs? No matter, they both look great.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 142 days ago

That one looks much better Monte. I agree the backrest needs more shaping.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 142 days ago

It may not look it, but the legs are angled 5 degrees in all directions.

I do agree that I am not completely satisfied with the back. But this one is comfortable for me to sit in.

-- 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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#7 posted 142 days ago

I think the only thing wrong with the back is that it’s a little too high. Maybe lower it about an inch – inch and a half.
Maybe the radius on the 2 corners of the seat could be bigger.
The wider stance of the legs and being a little shorter does start to make it look more like a chair than a stool I think. But the scale looks good.

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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#8 posted 142 days ago

You are fast Monte. Seems you’ve been looking at all the comments as you’ve been making the new one and making the changes immediately. My only suggestion is maybe you want to make the back rest be several pieces instead of one big one. It may look better and add more interest. I agreed with a comment in #1 about having the grain run vertically, but had no idea how to do it, but now I’m thinking just have more pieces and maybe go lower with them. It looks great though. I would understand if you said, “nope, this is the one”

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#9 posted 142 days ago

Looking good, now the real test make sure they are comfortable and stable, no picture is going to tell us
that, you are just going to have to fly by the seat of your pants on this one. Thank you for sharing, and
the way you put this one together, you are making the rest of look like we are taking a long nap.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 142 days ago

That looks great Monte. I really like the improvements, and I bet its very comfortable. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 142 days ago

Very nice! Excellent craftsmanship!

-- Dick

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#12 posted 142 days ago

Monte, it’s awful. Get it out of the shop. Send it to me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#13 posted 142 days ago

This chair looks mitey fine to me…but the real test is how comfortable it is and you can be the one to tell that.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#14 posted 142 days ago

It looks great. In looking at the grain direction on the back leg/rest, I think arm rest would prevent the back rest from breaking away.


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#15 posted 142 days ago

I like this one a lot. How about an arched back?

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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