Reproduction - Eames wooden stool - how to advice needed

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Forum topic by Matt Vredenburg posted 05-01-2011 08:09 PM 3387 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Vredenburg

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05-01-2011 08:09 PM

I want to make a reproduction of the eames wooden stool (see attached) and wanted to get some pointers from someone regarding how to mount and hold the large piece of wood on my jet lathe. I have the middle section turned, but need advice on how to hold the top and bottom when I glue them on and how to turn the concave top after it’s mounted on my lathe. I have it mounted between centers right now, but curious if I should end mount it using a face place (bottom)? How secure will this be?

Dimensions are 15 inches tall, top is 13 inches wide, bottom is 11 inch wide.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


-- Matt, Arizona

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 06:55 AM


I haven’t turned anything that big (or that pretty and interesting), but I think I would use a screw chuck through the bottom of the top and the top of the bottom; if that make sense. I think it would be secure enough and it would leave a conveniently centered hole into which you could insert a dowel to join the three pieces. That’s just my thinking. I would love to see what some of the experienced turners on this site would suggest. Are you going to do it in walnut? You should post pics of the process. I have never seen that style, but i LIKE it. Come to think about it, a face plate would be more secure. What’s the small diameter?


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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