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Forum topic by Nicholas Hall posted 02-07-2014 05:50 PM 398 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nicholas Hall

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02-07-2014 05:50 PM

There is a project posted recently by Sergeich that I can’t stop thinking about. It is a simple stool, that incorporates a forked stretcher. At a glance, it’s just a lovely, solid, well made stool. The stretcher is forked which has visual appeal, but you need to look closely at the forked stretcher to appreciate how marvelous this project really is:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95746

The one thing that I wonder about though is how the stretcher will hold up over time. Presumably the stretcher was not carved out of a single block of 5”x5”x12” birch. That means that each tine of the fork is under tension. I’m wondering how that might effect the piece as it expands and contracts annually with the seasons.

Is it likely that the fork will split along the grain given that it’s under permanent tension? Is there a way to mitigate this, for example with a dovetail key at the intersection of the tines where it is most likely to split?

I just want to reiterate how much I love this piece, and the forked tines in particular; I’m just trying to figure out how best to implement it myself!

Thoughts welcome:

P.S. Sergeich, it’s not often I come across a piece that sticks in my mind like the one you built. It’s wonderful. Well done!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx


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#1 posted 02-07-2014 07:09 PM

Sergeich wrote blog entries on that stool, and the forked stretcher did start out as a block:

http://lumberjocks.com/Sergeich/blog/39324

How it will stand up over time, I don’t know.

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#2 posted 02-07-2014 08:14 PM

Right then :O

Too bad, there’s no “unpost button”. I guess the upside is that a few more folks will see this cool little stool.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#3 posted 02-07-2014 08:56 PM

That’s a cute stool, and will be with it’s owners great granchildren for along time to come .LOvely new twist on an old design. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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