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post #1 of 15 Old 10-30-2011, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Wow. I have been way to busy for my liking! this past month or so I've had hundreds and hundreds of craft kits ordered which has been eating up my time, leaving no time for fun!

But finally... though orders pending, I decided to take a break and try my hand at a project :)

At the farm we were cutting up some firewood from the bush and came across an old oak plank, covered with moss.. As soon as my dad took a cut I looked at the end grain and knew this piece had potential :)
Long story short.. I've been working on a stool that I've been designing as I go.. and learning each step of the way.

I started with planing it down then began shape it using the dado blade and finishing the surface off with a number 4 hand plane and quarter sheet dewalt sander.. To 'mold' the seat.. I used my ridgid belt sander, which worked great! Thus far, I've left the bottom flat to give me a flat square surface to work on when it comes to the mortises and pilot drilling them..
Moving on to the legs, I laminated 3/4 inch maple at 1 1/2 inches square and 36" long, to give me some inches for possible mistakes.
Using my table saw, scroll saw, and flush cut saw I shaped the dovetail spline tenons.I also gave myself extra length on the tenons in order to sand flush to the seat's surface.
Tonight after some craft work I drilled the two front compound angle pilot holes for the mortises which I will then use a forstner bit to clean 'em out some more.

I'm loving this project! It's so nice to get a break from work! I hope you'll all enjoy the photos and my progress as it comes :)

Thanks for reading and enjoy! One more thing! I have loved seeing all your work! Sadly lacking the time to comment :/ Keep it up
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-30-2011, 05:39 AM
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Nice find. Looks good so far. Keep your progress posted.








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You're on heck of a busy guy Levi. This is a great project. I love the look of the seat and the legs are looking fantastic so far. Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

There is a very fine line between a "hobby" and a "mental illness"
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-30-2011, 12:50 PM
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Looking good. Using a sander to carve is a neat idea. This is really going to POP once its has a finish applied.

If Woodworking is so much fun why isn't it called WoodFUNNING?

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I really do appreciate all the comments made so far! :) I got a lot done on the stool today.. I took on the job of chiseling out the Dovetailed mortises after using a forstner bit take out most of the material..
These mortises were a little tricky to do because they are at a 5 degree compound angle.. After probably 3-4 hours with the chisel I finished the mortises and am quite pleased with them :)

Next came shaping the bottom of the seat.. I have the one side roughly shaped with some need of sanding, leaving the other side to be done tomorrow! I can't wait to start assembling the base! I'm loving the look of this piece as I've been designing it and using new concepts at just about every step of the way! I've never done anything like this before! But enjoying it thoroughly and learning lots

Thanks again and keep checking back for more photos! :)
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Well done to this point, Levi.
This is another great example of repurposing wood.
The blend of the 'old' seat and 'new' legs is going to look great!!

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I love it!
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Very Nice

Excellant work on this project.

Can not wait to see if finished.

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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Thanks again everyone for your encouragement and kind words! This morning I finished shaping the bottom of the seat. Which is looking great! Still needing to fine sand it and soften the edges here and there.. I also have the two front legs fitted.. After lunch here wanting to fit the back two and then comes the rungs! I am having SO much fun on this project and am very pleased with it thus far! Keep posted for some more progress photos!

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That's going to turn out very nicely. I'm really digging the grain on the center of the seat, though I could see someone thinking there's a puddle of water on it, once it's finished.
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Okay! Today I again was able to make some more progress on the stool. :) I finished chiseling and fine 'tuning' the mortises to fit well. I also trimmed the tenons shorter and deepened the spline slits.
In the photo you will see the splines? shims? what's the correct term for the shims?.. anyways I got them all dry fitted in place. They're made of walnut, with a 3 degree angled shim.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to make the top rungs! :)
I'm really enjoying this project but am wishing I could change a couple things such as having more of an angle on the legs and not as wide of a stance at the top and such.. Otherwise for my first stool/chair/piece of furniture I am quite pleased with the outcome so far! :)

Thank you all for you encouragement and for keeping tabs on my thread! If you have any questions on methods used or whatever, feel free to ask! :)

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Looks very nice, and a really cool design, too.

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In the photo you will see the splines? shims? what's the correct term for the shims?..
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I would call them wedges.
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Extremely nice design, Levi!

Harrison, at your service!
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Thank you all once again for your encouraging words! It keeps me motivated to keep going until the project's finished! Today I wasn't able to get tons done on the stool, reason being I had to get 50 craft kits ready for a couple orders.. But I did manage to make one of the rungs with the tenons made. Still have quite a bit of joinery ahead.. but REALLY excited for you all to see what I have planned for the rungs! :)

Thanks again for keeping tabs on my build, I hope you enjoy! :)

and thank you longknife for clarifying that for me!

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Nice stool. Great work so far!
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