In a perfect world I would be using riven stock for building stools and chairs, but my world is far from perfect. So I make do with sawn stock. Which means that I have to be creative when milling stock to obtain pieces with straight grain and minimal run out. As a result, I end up with a fair amount of off cuts. Since I’m too frugal to throw them out I’m constantly trying to find ways of using them up. Otherwise I would soon be drowning in little bits of wood. Which brings me to the project at hand.
The two Shaker style stools that I just completed resulted in yet more off cut pieces for the ever growing pile. So to continue with the theme and to use up some scraps, I sat down and worked up a proportional design for the ubiquitous Shaker footstool.
There probably have been thousands of these little stools built over the years. I think this attests to its utility and ease of construction, as well as its broad appeal. Even though I have been on a bit of a stool building spree as of late, I think this one will be a good addition to the stable.
A classic little stool that can be built in the simple Shaker style or jazzed up a bit at the lathe. A bonus is that I’ll have another chance to practice weaving a fibre rush seat!
Since I anticipate building several of these (they should make great gifts) I first spent a little time making a proper story stick. I knifed in the lines, rubbed in some instant coffee and gave the stick a coat of oil.
I tackled the rungs first. Step one took place at the shaving horse. Transforming them into rough octagons and then to rough cylinders. With the roughing done they went onto the lathe. I also managed to knock out one of the legs before calling it quits this evening.
I’ll finish the other three legs tomorrow and maybe even get this little stool assembled.
Greg Merritt Part 2