27 September 2015 at 9:21 pm #130879
I absolutely enjoyed this piece. I was quite surprised at how quickly it came together too. My only fault is I wish I would have done one in pine before tackling the Walnut I used. Accuracy is for sure key to this project. Paying attention to the little details is also needed. I started the taper on leg #2 early Saturday morning. Let’s just say my coffee had not done it’s job fully. I cut the taper 3 times before I did it in the right direction! Good thing I cut the legs long. I need to decide on the shaping then a glue-up/finish. One of my legs has some rot (spalting?)and I do not want to weaken it too much.
If you need one of these or not I suggest doing the project. Till you have made one I say no reason to comment in the vids about discrepancy in joints etc…
Pics soon…28 September 2015 at 9:11 pm #130904
Here is the picture….character (rot) on right side…so you can see why I was reluctant to cut a shape on the legs.
Note to others making this…the taper does freeze up quite quick when doing glueup…29 September 2015 at 12:13 am #130908Frank JosephMember
Photo is a little dark but it looks good
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.5 October 2015 at 6:21 am #131047Matt McGraneParticipant
I’ve thought the same thing about doing this project even if I don’t need it. Just the joinery practice would be worth the effort. Thanks for the post. The stool looks fine already and I’m sure it’ll look better after shaping the legs. (I can’t see any rot in the legs.)
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/27 October 2015 at 7:49 pm #131803
Any opinions on making it longer say 46 inches instead of the 27? Would you leave the rest of the proportions alone? I haven’t watched all the videos on it yet but I hope to get started in the next week or so.
Boulder,CO http://mikeofallthings.com3 November 2015 at 11:04 pm #132009
My apologies, I replied last week on my iPad…must have had an issue…
I see no reason why 46″ would not work. This thing is solid. The cross support underneath makes it quite strong.
Be sure and let us see how it turns out.3 November 2015 at 11:11 pm #1320114 November 2015 at 5:49 am #132024Frank JosephMember
Min wax has a product called wood harder it works I use it on turnings that have punky spots. Do not over use it brush a coat on like paint let it soak in and wipe off extra, then cut the shape it takes about 12 hours to cure,
My daughter (age 10) is building it for her room. She has both dovetails cut and is ready to cut the legs, she is using 6/4 yellow pine the only part so far that I had to help with was layout and the guide block. School is closed the rest of the week so she should finish it. It real is a nice project and great learning experience . She made the top 14 by 36, and wants the legs 16 tall, I think she will adjust it some when she sees the parts cut out.
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.4 November 2015 at 5:12 pm #132032
That is cool! Would love to see it when completed.6 March 2016 at 8:40 am #135365
It turned out well. Maple was challenging. I should have done one in pine first as well. But most of my mistakes were easily covered and this bench is a rock! I left the arches of the side of the legs and modified things a bit for length. Height, I am 6′ 3″ so I raised Tyler’s by two inches. Overall I am quite happy with it.
9 March 2016 at 2:53 pm #135479Marilyn MorenoParticipant
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Both projects turned out great.
Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA9 March 2016 at 11:29 pm #135484
Turned out great Mike. I really like the looks of it in Maple too.10 March 2016 at 1:15 am #135486
Thanks, I liked the darker version as well! I am going to start a cutting board with walnut in the middle and maple for the breadboards next.
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