So I was taking my garden waste to the local recycling centre and saw some old staircase parts on top of the wood disposal skip. The recycling centre has strict official policies on salvaging but very obliging staff. Needless to say, no one saw anything that day, but I mysteriously ended up with some sapele in my workshop.
I thought it would be a good time to make a three legged stool as per Paul’s Working Wood 1&2 and also youtube video series a couple of months back.
Although the salvaged stock wasn’t without limitations, the project was straightforward and rewarding – I finally made friends with my spokeshave (see my recent post on spokeshave tuning).
Are the legs perfectly round? No, but they are close. Am I pleased with the result? Definitely. Look Mum, no lathe!
It’s finished in Danish Oil and furniture wax which gives a lovely colour and sheen, but in the harsh sunlight some imperfections show up where the wax residue sits 🙁 Looks nicer indoors where the light is more forgiving though, so that is where it will stay 🙂
I gave it to my 4 year old daughter. She looked really pleased, then quite shocked and said ‘What happened to the other leg Daddy?!’!
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Thanks Brett @pheasantww.
I wanted to follow the process Paul used for his stool which was to taper and shape the legs from square stock as it was interesting and a great learning experience for me. I think I might also have felt like I “cheated” somehow if I used the machined scrolled parts.
The stock for the legs I used the three longest square sections of the spindles. The seat was made from the handrail and shorter square sections of the spindles, planed and laminated – that was why I had to go for an oval seat with the grain running front to back.
I still have the unused scrolled parts and the Newell post left over, so may still find a used for them!
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