Working with recycled timber #65: Organic Bar Stool Sanding the fitted Cross Braces

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-13-2016 06:44 AM 1606 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 64: Organic Bar Stool cross braces and seat work Part 65 of Working with recycled timber series Part 66: Organic Bar Stool Some mods and seat fittment »

Progress I made up to today

I fitted all the perimeter braces to the stool, the three diagonal ones went on the two sides and back and the Foot rest went on the front.

The three diagonal ones I bandsawed to shape first, as per the footrest shown previously.

I could only do rough bandsawing but at least it removed most of the bulk material from the curves prior to glue up. done Mon night.

The glue up:-

This proved to be quite tricky as clamping was almost impossible, every time I applied a clamp it either fell off or pushed the braces off station, so I bound all the joints with cling wrap, a bit “outa there” woodworking wise but that was the solution I thought of.

After the glue had dried it was out with the microplane rotary power driven file. ( a day later Tue)

I profiled everything down and shaped them into the main structure. This took quite a considerable amount of time, created heaps of wood “snow” and eventually I got to a reasonable rough profile ready to continue to smooth later to remove the divets I caused by me falling asleep on the job.

The stool looking at the front.

The seat is only just sitting in place for orientation, I left the bottom temporary plate in place to prevent damage to the feet edges as I rotated the stool around microplaning each side.

Then views from each aspect

The left side:

The Back side or rear view

The Right Side

And finally,
A view from the top, with the seat now removed.

all that remains now is to sand the dings out and smooth the overall profile and fit the seat

So possibly this is the last blog before Project Posting (if all goes well) fingers crossed!!

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 09-13-2016 06:58 AM

Now that looks very artistic Rob, something from one of those boutique furniture shops…..

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#2 posted 09-13-2016 10:32 AM

That is looking Great Rob, those braces really blend into the stool….Nice job!

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#3 posted 09-13-2016 11:19 AM

How have I missed this? Looking good, Rob!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 09-13-2016 12:26 PM

That’s gonna be a very cool stool, Rob !

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#5 posted 09-13-2016 10:58 PM

You are making Fantastic progress!

In looking at all of those braces, it looks more like a Jungle Gym, wondering just “How Did He Do That?” to go through one’s mind! :) Those are just awesome!! ... Super COOL!

The “microplane rotary power driven file”... Can you shed more light on it? Pics., Links, etc. sounds like a COOL tool!

Keep it up…

Looks like the Top will be the next thing to sculpture and blend / form… ??

You’re doing a GREAT job!

Thank you very much!

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#6 posted 09-14-2016 07:23 AM

Joe, ...and any other LJ interested in the methods I used to sculpt the stool I have attached three links for information.

Here are links for the tools I used

A link for the Turboplane

A link for the KAT (King Arthurs Tools Guienevere sysytem)

A link for the microplaner

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 09-14-2016 07:44 PM

The correct link for the micro planer

-- Regards Robert

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#8 posted 09-15-2016 09:20 PM


Thank you…

That Guinevere Sanding System looks pretty COOL… I don’t think I have ever seen it before…

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#9 posted 09-17-2016 03:34 AM

Rob, what a fun project this has been to watch unfold. I really like the sculptural aspect of this work. It is a study in patience and skill. Thanks for taking us along on this project.

-- Big Al in IN

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