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Forum topic by thatlabguy posted 05-16-2011 06:50 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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thatlabguy

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05-16-2011 06:50 PM

I have been asked to make 4 bar stools out of Juniper. I need some advice on things to avoid, look out for and any other information that will help me come up with a contemporary design but, using all Juniper wood, no back with a solid wood seat.
I have been told I need to use only Juniper heartwood to avoid weak spots in the legs. I am not looking to use Juniper limbs but, to cut heartwood out of Juniper slabs I have in my garage. I could use any additional tips, thanks

-- larry@juniperworksnaturally.com


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#1 posted 05-16-2011 10:09 PM

I have heard the dust is a carcinogen so I would be cautious about breathing a lot of fine dust. I have found it makes a lot of it. I also have problems with small cracks or fissure developing as I work it and have been using gap filling CA glue. Make your seat blanks as thick as you can if you are drilling mortises for legs, something around 1.5” thick or more. I have used tung oil for finishing and like the warm glow it has.I am not sure about the strength of heartwood vs the “sap wood or lighter colored wood” as they both seem hard as nails. What kind of stool design are you going to use?
Jeff

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 04:33 AM

Thanks for the info. On the dust, I absolutely believe it is nasty. I am around it so much that I now have to wear a dust mask even if I am just working in the shop, cleaning up, etc. I have noticed much more conjestion in my chest lately.
I am not sure why I need to use knot free legs either. I have made lots of walking sticks from Juniper and putting 4 together with cross bracing seems like it should be plenty strong enough. I am going with a round top for the seat and will be sure it is thick enough and thanks for your input…it helps,

-- larry@juniperworksnaturally.com

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 04:24 PM

I thought you made GIN with juniper.
Bill

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 02:20 AM

I am just using a round top for the seat but, not quite sure what the width should be. Is 12” sound right or am I to big, too small?

-- larry@juniperworksnaturally.com

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