Popular Post Isaac Posted August 20, 2016 Popular Post Report Share Posted August 20, 2016 I started working on a stool a few days ago. I'm a weekend warrior with a 6 year old, so don't expect rapid progress, but thought I'd try to document parts of the process. My goal is to generally follow the process outlined in this article, though I don't have all the specific tools the author employs, such as a travisher, so I'll be making some substitutions as needed. The article doesn't have exact dimensions or cutting templates, but I feel it has enough detail that I can figure out the rest. They call it a "Simple Stool", but my wife and I both thought it was quite attractive, so why not? http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/article/build-a-simple-stool.aspx I started with a single piece of 8/4 walnut that I squared up and cut in half and glued up for the seat. I'll leave it as this approximately square shape until I get the leg holes drilled, since I think it is easier to get the compound angles in place that way. For the legs I'll be using Red Grandis (eucalyptus wood). Never used it before, but I liked the color and they had some pieces set up for turning that were the right size at my local lumber mill, so why not? Its a four legged stool, but here are three of the legs (one was already in the lathe). I clipped the corners on my table saw for an easier time on the lathe, as this is my first time doing a project with a lathe as I just picked up a used one recently. Began turning the ends: Four legs ready to go. Eventually these will be fully round, but for now I want to keep the flat faces to make drilling the stretcher holes easier. Most of the extended dowel you see with eventually be cut away as waste, and I may have to fine tune the diameters a tad once I have the holes drilled through the seat. This was the first time I used a lathe outside of an introduction in a woodworking class 15+ years ago, so I am happy with the direction things are going. Next step was figuring out how to drill the compound angles for the legs to run through the seat. I settled on rotating the table for one angle and then cutting diagonal wedges on my band saw, which I use to prop up a scrap piece that will serve as a guide for hand drilling the holes. So far, I'm optimistic with how this will go. Drilling the guide boards. Have to make two of these because the spread and rake angles are different for the front legs and back legs. Luckily I can flip or rotate it 180 for the opposite leg, so I don't need four of them. Anyhow, that is my progress so far. My initial thoughts are I'm enjoying the process and taking it slow, especially because this is so different from the things I've done before. Typically I've done boxy cabinet type stuff, nothing with a lathe, round components, complex angles or what will eventually be a carved/molded seat. I will have to wait and see, but I could see myself making more of these stools if I'm happy with the results. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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