Vote for Your Favourite Shop Stools

Well, the soft deadline for submissions has passed and all the entries that were on time are now up on my website. (You can still submit your stool and I’ll post it when I have time.)

It’s the Judges’ Turn Now

I have organized a number of categories and put together a panel of esteemed judges to determine the winners. (As a participant, I am not eligible to be a judge.)

The Judges Don’t Have All the Power

You get to vote for the Flair Woodworks Reader’s Choice. Have a look the entries, pick out your favourite three and submit your ballot using the form below. You have until the end of February 9th to vote.

VIEW THE ENTRIES FOR THE SHOP STOOL BUILD-OFF


Voting Ballot

Live Builds Show that Woodworking is Not Without Hiccups

Did you build a shop stool this weekend? Remember to e-mail it to me following the guidelines. I will send you an e-mail to confirm that I’ve received your submission.


Saturday, as I built my shop stool, I monitored the other builds being documented on Twitter. I have gathered some of my favourite tweets and some of the ones that showed the adversity that builders faced.

Some of the Best Tweets


Live Woodworking Shows Real Adversity

My New Shop Stool

I am working on assembling an elite group of judges for the Shop Stool Build-Off. There are many categories and lots of prizes so everybody has a fair chance of winning something.

For a chance of winning a prize, make sure you submit your stool by the end of Tuesday, January 28.  Here is my entry, as per the submission guidelines:


My stool is 24-1/2″ high. The seat is 13″ diameter and the legs are splayed, so the footprint is 16″.

I used Western maple for the legs and butternut for the seat.

The build was documented here: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/flairwoodworks.

I had originally intended to angle the legs so they crossed in the middle (Plan B), but I didn’t cut them at the right angle, so the footprint ended up being too small. I ended up cutting off the angled tops and using straight legs instead – my Plan A.5, as I called it.

I used dado and rabbet joinery to connect the legs to the seat, which I shaped into a concave shape with a carving gouge. I left the texture of the carving gouge on the surface for decoration. It does not detract from the comfort. The stool is very solid and comfortable. Although I was initially disappointed that my crossed-leg design didn’t work out this time, I am very happy with the result.

Shop StoolShop Stool Seat Detail

How to Enter the Shop Stool Build-Off

First, here are some numbers:

  • 83 people have registered for the Shop Stool Build-Off;
  • 10 different social media platforms will be used (at least) to document the builds;
  • 10 different countries are represented; and
  • 12 sponsors have provided 22 prizes.

To be eligible to win a prize, send an e-mail to FlairBuildOff@gmail.com by end of day Tuesday, January 28 containing:

  1. one or two photos of your completed shop stool (please label the files using your name – mine will be titled ChrisWong1.jpg and ChrisWong2.jpg);
  2. overall dimensions of your stool;
  3. a list of the materials used; and
  4. a link to where you shared your build.

You can also include:

  1. a sentence or two about your greatest challenge during the build
  2. up to 300 words about the stool, your inspiration, construction techniques etc; and
  3. a suggestion of what to make for the next Build-Off.

Oh, I am so looking forward to the weekend, and seeing what everyone is creating!

Shop Stool Build-Off Participants

The Shop Stool Build-Off starts this Saturday!

These are the people who have registered for the Shop Stool Build-Off, and the websites where they intend to share their progress are linked to the best of my ability. Registrants are sorted alphabetically by first name into two categories.

100% Committed:

  1. Alex Garcia
    1. http://planeandchisel.com/
  2. Alex Leslie
    1. https://www.facebook.com/Wonderwino
    2. http://www.talkfestool.com/vb/
  3. Alexander Karu
    1. Facebook
    2. http://toolerable.blogspot.ca/
  4. Anthony Wilson
    1. https://twitter.com/AnthonyJ_Wilson
  5. Brian Eve
    1. www.toolerable.blogspot.com
  6. Chad Sanders
  7. Charles Anderson
    1. On the forum, I think.
  8. Chris Jemmett
    1. Facebook
  9. Chris Salter
    1. http://otterdoeslife.tumblr.com/
  10. Chris Wong
    1. http://flairwoodworks.tumblr.com/
    2. twitter.com/FlairWoodworks
    1. https://www.facebook.com/chris.wong.90
  11. Craig Patno
  12. Dave Kleindienst
  13. David Holcomb
    1. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/100694098309578188373/albums/5971632137055219985
  14. Derek Olson
    1. www.insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com
    2. https://twitter.com/OldwolfWorkshop
    3. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000739577450
  15. Don Dunahoo
    1. Facebook
  16. Eric
    1. http://ericgstinson.tumblr.com/
  17. Eric Bushee
    1. https://twitter.com/ebushee
  18. Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB
    1. www.monkwerks.org
  19. George Anderson
    1. Facebook
  20. Jamie Hubbard
    1. http://twitter.com/jam73e
    2. http://worcestershirecabinetmaker.blogspot.co.uk/
  21. Jean Roy
  22. Jeff
    1. http://www.woodtalkonline.com/
  23. Jeff Morton
    1. https://twitter.com/WoodworkGuy
    2. https://plus.google.com/112640668696085441936/posts
  24. Jeff Weeks
    1. http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com
    2. possibly http://neuraldk.org/
  25. Jeremy Wright
    1. http://instagram.com/jmawright75
    2. http://jmawworks.blogspot.ca/
  26. Jerome Sidley
    1. http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com
  27. Jim Dillon
    1. http://thousanddollarshop.blogspot.ca/
    2. https://twitter.com/JimDillon6
    3. https://www.facebook.com/dillon.james.j
  28. Joe McGlynn
    1. http://mcglynnonmaking.com
  29. Jonas Jensen
    1. http://www.mulesaw.blogspot.ca/
  30. Josh Kruck
    1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/smartsareforlosers/
  31. Ken Taylor
    1. http://www.taylorbenchworks.blogspot.ca/
  32. Kevin Maxson
    1. https://twitter.com/Thornbury
  33. Logan Balla
    1. Twitter
  34. Mark Hicks
    1. https://twitter.com/MarkBuildsIt
    2. http://plate11.com/
  35. Matthew Brander
    1. https://www.facebook.com/BrandersWoodshop
  36. Mike
    1. http://weekendwoody.wordpress.com/
  37. Mike Powers
    1. https://twitter.com/TSIGMike
    2. http://turningsawdustintogroceries.wordpress.com/
    3. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turning-Sawdust-Into-Groceries/365563827508
  38. Neil Cronk
    1. http://twitter.com/TwoWheelNeil
    2. Thinking about starting a blog with this being the first set of posts.
  39. Rusty Burwell
    1. http://silverpearlwood.com/
  40. Ryan Sparreboom
    1. http://forum.canadianworking.com/
  41. Sam Adams
    1. http://www.pinterest.com/sammyjoea/upcycle/
  42. Scott Schaffer
    1. Lumberjocks
    2. https://www.facebook.com/woodguy.scott
  43. Sean Wisniewski
    1. https://twitter.com/SeanW78
  44. Trevor Green
    1. www.trevorsworkshop.com
  45. Yorch Buenfil
    1. https://www.facebook.com/YorchWood
    2. https://twitter.com/YorchWood

Not 100% Committed:

  1. Alexandre
    1. Facebook
    2. maybe Lumberjocks
  2. Andrew Mullen
    1. https://twitter.com/MullenVoid
  3. Andrzej
    1. http://warsztat-domowy.pl/
  4. Aneta Krzyżak
    1. http://facebook.com/nietylkomeble.woodworking
  5. Anthony Fiore
    1. https://twitter.com/woodworker755
  6. Brian Prusa
    1. https://twitter.com/bprusa
  7. Bryce Johnson
    1. http://raspberrywood.com/
  8. Carl Vanderzee
    1. https://www.facebook.com/carl.vanderzee
    2. and I will most likely keek my progress as well.
  9. Charlie Miller
    1. Forum
  10. Chris Brooks
    1. https://www.facebook.com/baltimore.woodworking
  11. Chris Laing
    1. https://www.facebook.com/chris.laing.96
  12. Danny Siggers
    1. https://www.facebook.com/siggersd
  13. David
    1. Twitter
    2. Facebook
  14. David Picciuto
    1. https://drunkenwoodworker.com
  15. Dyami Plotke
    1. https://twitter.com/dyamiplotke
    2. http://penultimatewoodshop.com/
  16. Eric Martin
    1. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002648512612
  17. François Girard
    1. https://www.facebook.com/LaMortaise
  18. Greg
    1. http://woodworkingnerd.com/
  19. James Haywood
    1. https://www.facebook.com/james.haywood.14
  20. Jervas
    1. Facebook
  21. Joe McHugh
    1. Forum
  22. Joe Zerafa
    1. http://joesworkbench.com/
  23. Jonathan
    1. Flickr if I can find my password!
  24. Karin
  25. Kyle Taylor
    1. https://twitter.com/smartyartyaspen
  26. Mario Cappellano
    1. http://www.thewoodfather.com/
    2. http://lumberjocks.com/
    3. Facebook
    4. Twitter
  27. Mark Kornell
  28. Michael Lehikoinen
    1. http://twitter.com/mlehikoinen
    2. http://plus.google.com/+MikeLehikoinen
  29. Noah Lorang
    1. http://twitter.com/noahhlo
    2. http://instagram.com/noahhl
  30. Pier Paolo Biagi
    1. Facebook
    2. Twitter
    3. Instagram
  31. Ray Schwanenberger
    1. https://twitter.com/RetiredEZ
    2. https://plus.google.com/+RaySchwanenberger
    3. https://www.facebook.com/ray.schwanenberger
    4. http://rivingsandshavings.blogspot.com
  32. Rhett
    1. https://www.facebook.com/efcabineture or
    2. https://www.facebook.com/NiceAshPlanes
  33. Robert A. Rieke
    1. www.facebook.com/manhattanwoodproject
    2. www.facebook.com/robrieke
    3. www.manhattanwoodproject.com
  34. Sam DeSocio
    1. http://therevswoodshop.com/
  35. Sean Rubino
    1. https://www.facebook.com/mr.sean.rubino
    2. https://twitter.com/seanrubino
  36. Stephen Gasior
    1. http://forum.canadianworking.com/
  37. Tom Collins
  38. Wesley Woods
    1. https://www.facebook.com/WoodsWoodWorkingShop?ref=hl

You can watch the tweets from all the Twitter accounts above at https://twitter.com/FlairWoodworks/lists/shop-stool-build-off.

Links:

Buzz About the Shop Stool Build-Off

It’s not too late to register for the Shop Stool Build-Off!

More than eighty woodworkers have registered for the Shop Stool Build-Off and some have let their enthusiasm spill over, as evidenced by the buzz surrounding the event which takes place this Saturday (January 25).

#SSBO

I’m not the only one blogging about the event. Here are all the blog posts about the Shop Stool Build-Off of which I am aware.

Alexander Karu

  1. Planing and Prep Work
  2. Preparation for the Shop Stool Build-Off

Andrez Boczek

  1. Ogólnoświatowa akcja budowy stołków warsztatowych – mój projekt (Shop Stool Build Off)

Chris Wong

  1. The Shop Stool Build-Off
  2. Need Some Ideas for Your Shop Stool?
  3. Designing My Shop Stool
  4. Shop Stool Design #1: Slick and Simple
  5. Shop Stool Design #2: Slick and Nearly as Simple
  6. Prizes for the Shop Stool Build-Off
  7. Shop Stool Build-Off: Upping the Ante

David Picciuto

  1. Weekly Woodworking Wrap-Up Review #2

Derek Olsen

  1. Shop Stool Design.
  2. Pick Your Seat.
  3. Refining Ideas.

Dyami Plotke

  1. There Are Events Afoot

Jamie Hubbard:

  1. # Shop Stool Build Off.. Part 1
  2. # Shop Stool Build Off.. Part 2. Day one (Saturday)
  3. # Shop Stool Build Off.. Part 3. Day two (Sunday)
  4. # Shop Stool Build Off.. Part 4. Voting has started

Jeremy Wright

  1. Stool Design Guide
  2. Stool Design Guide: Drop the Base
  3. Stool Design Guide: Have a Seat
  4. Stool Design Guide: Structure
  5. Stool Design Guide: My SSBO Napkin Sketch

Joe McGlynn:

  1. Shop Stool Build-Off Design 1
  2. Shop Stool Build-Off Design 2
  3. What I’m Not Making for Chris Flair’s Stool Build-Off

Marc Spagnuolo

  1. Shop Stool Build-Off

Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB

  1. Shop Stool Build-Off
  2. Shop Stool Build-Off #2

This is For Love

I spent the holidays with my family and friends, completely away from the shop. It was a really nice break and quite refreshing from the busy pace that two businesses and too-many-side-projects-to-count guarantees. Being around others reminded me that there are lots of ways to make a living, many of which require much less effort and pay better. Even so, I am happy with what I am doing and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Here’s some of the notable things that are keeping me busy.

Chair with a Twist

This design is inspired by the twisted rear leg that I threw in when I built Reaper. This build, which is currently underway, is driven by a call for submissions by the Port Moody Art Gallery with a deadline of Monday, January 6. I have three days of work into the chair so far.

You can follow along with my live builds via Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.

Chair with a Twist DryFit

Discovery: Air at Seymour Art Gallery

Sunday, I am off to the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver to deliver Wireframe Cabinet for their Discovery: Air exhibit, which runs from January 8 to February 1. The opening reception is Sunday, January 12 at 2pm.

Shop Stool Build-Off

While the build-off isn’t until January 25 and I already have my design worked out in my head, I still have my hands full promoting and organizing the event. Currently, I am working on securing prize sponsors for participants. Don’t forget to register!

Complicated Stool

If you need some help with or inspiration for your stool design, check out Jeremy’s Stool Design Guide listed in the links section at the bottom of this article.

Lee Valley Tools Seminars, Special Events, and More

In addition to Fridays on which I usually work at the front counter at Lee Valley Tools Coquitlam, I am also teaching three seminars this month and am scheduled to do an in-store demonstration mid-month. The three seminars are:

  1. Fundamentals of Hand Planes;
  2. Fundamentals of Hand Tool Joinery; and
  3. Fundamentals of Stringing and Inlay.

Port Moody Artist Groups

I am part of two projects featuring Port Moody artists.

One project, Hands That Shape Our Community by Inlet Artists is rolling along nicely and preparing for its first exhibit.

Hands That Shape Our Community

Kaboom! The Port Moody Art Explosion is still in the planning stage and we meet on a weekly basis.

#Woodchat on Air

Wednesdays, between 7 and 8pm, Matt Gradwohl, Scott Meek and I, can be found in front of a web cam and microphone hosting a live woodworking show about design and whatever else we (or you) want to discuss.

Scott and Jimmy

And There’s More!

While the items above are enough to keep me busy, there are many more day-to-day things that compete for my time. There are many other projects pending in my shop and designs to be developed, moulding planes to be built for Time Warp Tool Works, woodworkers who want private lessons, machines that need maintenance, and magazine and blog articles to write.

Oh, and I can’t forget spending time with my family and my amazing girlfriend, Jessica. After all, they are the ones who have to put up with me and my busy schedule. They also provide me with much-needed breaks from my work.

The title of this post was borrowed from this song by Nicole Atkins. 

Links:

Need Some Ideas for Your Shop Stool?

Register today to participate in the Shop Stool Build-Off and a chance to win a prize!

Saturday, January 25 is the date set for the Shop Stool Build-Off. Some woodworkers I have talked to are already working on designs and expect to do some material prep (including building bending forms) before the big day arrives. Others are just going to show up on that day and build a stool, making their decisions on the fly.

If you need some inspiration to get you going, check out the images of various designs of stools I’ve gathered on a Pinterest board.

Shop Stool Build-Off Ideas Board on Pinterest

My Pinterest board of Shop Stool Build-Off Ideas (click to view)

I (along with a few other dedicated followers) are working to secure some prize sponsors for the Shop Stool Build-Off. Please register for the event using the form on the page linked at the bottom of this page.

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