Mick and Greg, the stools look great. Thanks for letting us know that a curved spoke shave is very helpful. I’ll be sure to have purchased one before beginning my stool. Do you think it would work. Okay to use foam board for the layout board?
i'd prefer to make it myself
Denise…thanks. The foam board should work just fine. I used a sheet of ply just to see how it was. I’ll save that piece of ply and use it as a large drawing board. For future layouts I’ll probably buy a roll of kraft paper and pin it to the plywood. Anything large enough and that will lay flat should serve for the layout work.
Thanks Greg, looks like milk paint is different but similar to chalk paint in that the results are pretty much the same. I can get milk paint in UK but it is a special item so I will probably stick to chalk paint but if i find some milk paint I will pick it up and give it a try.
Denise, I do not have a round spoke shave but I think it would have been a great help. I was not able to use the flat spoke shave on the top pieces and so they do not have such a smooth curve as the lower ones, I am sure a round one would have made this a much better finish.
Construction is done! Now all it needs is paint and shellac, but that will have to wait until next weekend. The shaping of the seat went pretty well. I used a gouge and shop made radius plane to dish out the seat area. There were a couple of places that I got tear out, but I think this was do more to the wood than the tools. After that I cut out the shape with my turning saw and cleaned up with a spoke shave. Then I beveled the outside rim, again using the turning saw followed by the spoke shave. sanded all and attached the seat to the base just as Paul showed in the video. This project has been a lot of fun and I learned a lot about designing a piece as well as worked on my shaping skills. It is very comfortable.
Once I get it painted I’ll post the final photos.
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