The kitchen island in my new house was calling for a pair of bar stools. My shop stool that I completed in the Shop Stool Build-Off found its way there during the move, and with the chaos reigning in my shop, I was happy to let it live there.
A second stool was in order, and it looked like it would be a while still before the shop is in any sort of shape to work.
Fortunately, I recalled that, a little while after the Shop Stool Build-Off, I had tried again to make the crossed-leg stool which I had originally attempted but due to a miscalculation, wasn’t able to pull off in time.
Attempt #2 was already together, but needed some attention. The joints didn’t fit quite as well as I wanted and hadn’t been glued. The seat needed to be cut to shape, and the legs needed some finishing touches.
My goal was to make it into a usable stool – I had more important things to do and didn’t want to spend the time required to bring this stool up to the level of “fine furniture”.
First, I glued the legs into the seat. To avoid having to drive them apart and back together (they were a tight friction fit), I applied Veritas’ Chair Doctor Glue to the joint’s seams and let the watery glue seep into the joint. When the glue was dry, I cut the seat round with my jigsaw.
Although the stool was usable at this point, I couldn’t resist taking it further. I tilted my jigsaw (the whole saw, not just the base plate) and trimmed the edge of the seat to line up with the angled legs, gradually bringing the jigsaw back to plumb so the edge returned to square. I did this in both directions – clockwise and counter clock-wise at each leg, so the seat’s edge effectively twists and untwists as it goes around. I faired the edge of the stool with my random orbit sander, starting with 24-grit, and progressed up to 120-grit.
Finally, I scooped out the seat with a carving gouge, sanded the surface smooth and even, and softened the edges.
So much for a “basic” stool – I just couldn’t resist adding a few extra touches. Know what I mean?
8 thoughts on “Shop Stools/Bar Stools”
Reminds of the the campaign stool in Chris Schwarz’s book. Nice job!
Thanks! I can see the resemblance, now that you have pointed it out.
I like it! Looks twisted as only Chris can do.
I found the twisted edge much less intimidating to do with the jigsaw than with a bandsaw a la Sam Maloof.
That illustration is a beauty. How’s it done?
I drew the stool using a CAD program called Rhinoceros 3D.
Looks great, and glad to see your idea fleshed out. it also has me itching to start on my run of kitchen bar stools.
What kind of design do you have planned for your kitchen bar stools? Similar to your shop stool? How’s the shop stool working for you?