Oak Stool Project

I’m back in the workshop after having taken it a bit slowly due to my arm/elbow complaining for a while.

The butterfly joints that I showed last time were to tie together the two pieces I needed for the top, the seat, of my oak stool and they are coming along nicely. There is a bit of a curve that I’ve carved into the top even if it doesn’t show so well on this photo. I have yet to start on carving the edges; and the back (underside) is still pretty scruffy.

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For the legs I’ve gone for two A-frame pieces using the heart wood colouring to give a bit of interest. The backside of these two have some blue colouring from a natural iron and tannin interaction which is sometimes seen on oak.

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I’ve used this ‘blue’ oak for the pegs which will disappear into the wood to strengthen some of the joints.

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The bottom stretcher/rail is gently curved with, I hope, a sort of wave carved into it eventually. This is the fancy joint I used to tie two pieces with similar grain pattern together.

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I’m mostly finished on the design stage although I am still drawing details. The way the legs join the seat is still a slight problem for me as I don’t want to put the legs through the seat and I don’t really want any sort of wooden or metal brackets.

The ‘problem’ is that, if I want a simple design, I will be relying on the glue and the single mortice (15mm deep) to stop the wobble that can come with age (of the stool, not my wobble … that can’t be solved with glue) … so I’m still trying different ideas on paper.

Anyway it’s now down to months of sandpapering before I can’t think about assembling…

In the meantime I’m still busy on PMGrid with my build …. I’ll keep you informed

:))

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10 responses to “Oak Stool Project

  1. Miso Susanowa

    Great progress shots; love the joins you are making on this and the chair project. Also love the blue oak; saw it many times in various woods & forests (and many times on lightning-struck oak).

  2. Thanks, yes, hopefully it will get more interesting when I start to put it together. There are only 4 main components tho so that bit should go fast.

  3. Wizzy

    “months of sandpapering”?? Yee Gads.

  4. Ms Shilova

    Stop spoiling my sunday with your incredible skills. I am SO jealous! ;)

  5. SaveMe Oh

    What a waste of time

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