2 July 2015 at 11:12 pm #128181
I made a bench stool, based on Paul’s design with some tweaks.
I widened the legs and shortened the seat from front to back. The front legs don’t lean as much and the back legs lean out a lot more.
This gives three different angles of legs to worry about, but I think I did OK.
The bench is made of pine with shellac seal coat and two coats of flat latex paint. I might coat again with shellac or polyurethane as it seems to attract dust.
Near Chicago, USA2 July 2015 at 11:14 pm #128183
Front and side views.
Front legs lean 4 degrees. Back legs lean 11 degrees.
All lean sideways at about 6 degrees.
Near Chicago, USA2 July 2015 at 11:16 pm #128186
My round-bottomed planes did the most shaping. I don’t have a gouge or scraper so I just finished with some sandpaper.
This is just going to be for working at the bench, so I figured that was close enough to smooth.
Near Chicago, USA2 July 2015 at 11:20 pm #128190
After I made the seat, I mocked up the legs. I played around with the angles by clamping some scrap 2×2 lumber until I got what I liked.
Near Chicago, USA2 July 2015 at 11:24 pm #128192
I screwed together the mock-up and painted it.
Near Chicago, USA2 July 2015 at 11:27 pm #128194
I made the legs and stretchers with mortise and tenons. I then glued up the frame.
The legs were made long on both ends on purpose. I trimmed them to length when the frame was glued up.
Then I shaped the legs. I just hacked away until I got something I thought looked OK.
Near Chicago, USA2 July 2015 at 11:29 pm #128198
Then I gave the frame a coat of shellac and sanded that. Over the shellac I put a coat of blue latex paint and then black latex paint over that.
One of the legs looks like it has a through tenon but that is where I had a part break out and I had to glue in a patch and fill with some epoxy. This is why I paint things 😉
So, there you have it.
Near Chicago, USA3 July 2015 at 2:53 am #128202Derek LongParticipant
I like it! Nice broad seat for squirming around on at the bench.
Denver, Colorado3 July 2015 at 3:05 am #128204Matt McGraneParticipant
Looking good, Jude. And it looks like that little curved-sole plane came in really handy. The seat looks very nice. Congratulations – lots of angles there.
I’ve still gotta make one (or more) of those planes and I’d like to make the stool later.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/3 July 2015 at 8:27 pm #128207SandyParticipant
Great looking stool.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein4 July 2015 at 12:36 pm #128211dbornParticipant
Looks very comfortable! Nice job and thanks for the detailed write up.13 August 2015 at 10:05 pm #129360kevinjamesParticipant
I like the shape of the seat.14 August 2015 at 3:02 am #129363Frank JosephParticipant
Nice job good craftsmanship
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.23 April 2016 at 3:56 pm #136627STEVE MASSIEParticipant
Nice job, as others have mentioned I like the seat it does look very comfortable.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US
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