I have absolutely no time for a new project at the moment, but what the heck? I'm in! I have no idea how I'll get anything done, as I am lucky enough to be at work both Saturday and Sunday that weekend. My plan is to push the definition of Planing and Prep Work in order to let me do it. It will probably mean that if I get a chance, I'll build it ahead of time, and post about it that weekend. Not sure if that is cheating or not, but for a prize I'll at least get a new shop stool.
I have been doing some thinking about this project, and I think I know what I will do:
Think about it. It is a shop stool. I know some of you are out there coming up with the awesomest design ever, but at the end of the day I want this stool to be of use to me in my shop, not stolen by the Frau to be the perfect accent piece in her reading nook.
That means to me that it should be a fairly simple design with nothing too radical. I don't want to break down into tears when I inevitably drop a hammer on it.
Also of consideration is that it should be achievable to complete it in a day or two.
While I'm at it, let's add that it should be made with wood I already have.
I pulled out some bits from the scrap bin that would be appropriate and came up with the following:
|Way too much scrap. I feel like it is starting to take over my shop!|
I settled on the flame birch for the seat and some steamed beech for the legs. That should make a really nice looking stool!
Out comes the scotts pine.
|This is more like it!|
The top was from a nice wide board that still had the pith in it. I ripped down the center to remove the pith and wound up with a seat that will be about 7 inches by 16 or so. The only problem is that it is perfectly quarter sawn, which looks nice, but I notice chair makers usually use flat-sawn wood for Windsor chairs. I guess I'm about to find out why.
I was able to avoid all the major knots, so this stool should look real nice with totally clear pine.
I butted a bench hook up against my planing stop and clamped it in the vice. This resulted in a much wider planing stop which made it a snap to plane all of the legs together. I have no idea what their measurements are, but they are all the same. Perfect!
|Gang-planing the legs.|
|Future Stool Of Awesomeness.|
|Scrub plane in beech and maple.|
|I started by laying out a curve.|
|Saw away everything that isn't a compass plane.|
|Cleaning up with my #51.|
|But does it work?|
|Kind of hard to see, but the plane scooped out the center section of this piece of scrap.|
View the rest of my stool build here.