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This small stool packs a big punch when it comes to learning new woodworking techniques. Angled mortise-and-tenon construction makes this simple project a little trickier because your joints need to be dead-on.
The stool can be made of short scrap pieces of mahogany (or your wood of choice) or from a single board 10 in. wide by 50 in. long. It has just four parts (two of them identical), and only one type of joint to practice and perfect. It’s a manageable project for a novice, but the angled through-tenons will offer a challenge to any level of woodworker.
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Very nice and elegant, I am looking for a library style of stepladder not more than 3 steps with a raised grip for moving it without bending over. I live in Poland a country with nice forests but as a hobby woodworker I can only buy pine or plywood (restricted logging). Any free plans that will inspire me and are relatively simple to make.
I built this using a poplar stair tread from the home store. I think it might have been a little short of 50" (48?) so I had to adjust a bit.
It turned out pretty nice and I definitely improved by chiseling (and sharpening) skills as a result.
I made up this handsome stool, but using oak salvaged from shipping pallets. It was my first try at hand-chopping mortises, and it was quite an ordeal. Now I know why mahogany was recommended! Anyway, it turned out very nice - everyone who sees it is envious.
After this, I tried to think of an easier way to do it, using more machine power. I ended up making strips, and having machine-cut tenons, with appropriate gaps in the strips becoming the mortises. There was no hand chopping, but managing the strips became a whole new problem.
So, now I have two stools. Both very nice.
Looks a great item to make. I have some timber set aside for it and am looking forward to getting stuck into the project. Mario is a great contributor.
A good experience and practice for the Slanted Mortice and Tenons.
Makes a good chair-side book stand.
Carl Swensson's woodworking skills go very, very deep. But they go wide as well.
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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