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Three-legged stools

comments (6) October 14th, 2009 in Reader's Gallery

LWillis LWillis, member
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These red oak stools were inspired by the Tage Frid 3-legged stool. We needed them taller, with wider seats (the wife's preference, doncha' know), and no back. I had to learn several new techniques to make the stools; e.g., drilling compound-angle holes for the leg tenons (required a 2-way jig since the table on my drill press doesn't tilt), cutting circular tenons, using a spokeshave, curving the seat (uniformly between the two stools) without a 12-inch high bandsaw.

I saw the Frid stools at wooditis.com and emailed Jamie about them. She suggested that I build a prototype (which I did) prior to making mistakes on the wood (oak), and she talked (via email) me through the various processes. Once the prototype was finished it was obvious that I needed to modify the design as shown in the photos. The entire project extended over several months (probably 16-17 hours in all) from first cut to final finish (satin poly), including the prototype, which took most of the time). I'm thrilled with the end-result.

Interestingly, folks are at first timid about sitting on a tall three-legged stool with skinny legs, but once they're on, they don't want to get off. My wife is now lobbying for another set...


Design or Plan used: My own design

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Comments (6)

thatlabguy thatlabguy writes: I just found your stools and love them. I am working with a lot of bitterbrush, juniper and mt. mahogany limbs that are not straight and am trying to come up with a way to use the pieces I have to make short 12"-14" high 3-legged stools but, am wondering about the angle to drill my holes for the tenons. any suggestions?? this is my first time making stools and I have limited tools to work with.
could use some simple suggestions if you have time, thanks

Posted: 3:52 pm on August 17th

thatlabguy thatlabguy writes: I just found your stools and love them. I am working with a lot of bitterbrush, juniper and mt. mahogany limbs that are not straight and am trying to come up with a way to use the pieces I have to make short 12"-14" high 3-legged stools but, am wondering about the angle to drill my holes for the tenons. any suggestions?? this is my first time making stools and I have limited tools to work with.
could use some simple suggestions if you have time, thanks

Posted: 3:52 pm on August 17th

johndk johndk writes: Not bad for a few months work! I like 'em ... a lot. I too would be interested in plans and a few tips so I could shorten up the production time a bit.

Posted: 7:19 pm on October 30th

rooter rooter writes: a set of plans would nice,because you did a # 1 job, very well received by a few of woodworking hangouts....
Posted: 12:33 am on October 30th

LWillis LWillis writes: Thanks. What would you like to know in the way of "more infor?"
Posted: 8:57 am on October 24th

rooter rooter writes: dude these are sick,in a good way, more infor please
Posted: 1:27 am on October 24th

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