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Custom Jewelry Box

An example of one of the student projects I utilize in my high school Woodworking III course in which students research, design, model, and construct a jewelry box.

3-legged Stools

I teach high school woodworking in southeastern Pennsylvania, mainly from a production point of view. This stool project is centered around the use of jigs and fixtures to drill the angled holes in...

Cherry and ash stool

I teach high school woodworking. This stool project is centered around the use of jigs and fixtures to drill the holes in the seats and legs, machine the round tenons, and cut the four sided tapers...

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Re: 3-legged Stools

Hey Lynn. I saw your stools the other week and thought the same thing. I started with the Tage Frid stool as well, tried it as a project in class with the students a few years ago but it was too complicated so i simplified it, same as you. Even though I have a 20" bandsaw capable of cutting the seat in one pass, that's a lot of blade to deal with so I have the students make the seat out of two halves. They drill the seat holes first, cut the radius of the seat, and then glue the two seat halves together. Saves a lot of grinding time as well. And since the seat halves are roughly 5 3/4" wide, you can make the cut on a standard 14" bandsaw. Nice job on your stools also.

Re: Cherry and ash stool

I don't have any sketches or drawings of the stool or jigs, the design(s) just sort of evolved over 3 semesters. I started with the overall dimensions of Tage Frid's 3-legged stool from the Summer '77 issue of Fine Woodworking. I beefed up the dimensions of the legs and stretchers slightly, the first one I made looked a little weak in the undercarriage. The legs are 25 x 2 x 1 1/4 with a taper of 1/4" on each side. A 1" tenon is drilled about an inch deep on one end. The table of my drill press tilts over 90 degrees and a jig bolts to the table and holds the leg upright to drill the tenon. You could also turn them on the lathe. After that, the holes for the stretchers are drilled in the legs. The front leg holes are drilled at 12 degrees and the rear leg at 18 degrees. I have angled fixtures to do this but it could easily be done by tilting the drill press table. The stretcher stock is 13/16" x 1 1/8". The lengths are determined during assembly.

The seat finishes at 16 x 10 3/4 x 1 1/2 with a dish of 5/8". I have the students make two pieces 16 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/2, draw centerlines to determine the location of the holes, drill the holes (front - 12 degrees with a 6 degree rack, back - 18 degrees), bandsaw the curve on the underside, and glue the pieces together. The location of the holes and the outside curves were taken off of Frid's plan, I don't remember them offhand. I made a cradle jig for the drill press that holds the seat at 6 degrees, the drill press table is then tilted 12 degrees to the right and left for the holes.

I have a 20" bandsaw with a 13" resaw capacity so I cut the curve of the seat after it is glued together. If your bandsaw isn't that big, you could cut it prior to glue up. I'd leave a flat in the middle of the underside to help with alignment during glue up or insert 2 biscuits or dowels where they won't show. The length of the stretchers is determined after the legs are inserted into the seat holes and the shoulders of the tenons scribed and cut. Do the front stretcher first, then the back. The tenons are 1/2" round and I use the same jig as the leg tenons except with a spacer between the fence and the stretcher stock. The curves are shaped freehand on the belt sander and a roundover is machined on the router table. The legs have a roundover machined on the outside edges, as does the edges of the seats. If you were making a 32" tall bar stool, I'd decrease the splay of the leg angles by 2 degrees.

Hope this helps. I'll be demonstrating and building two more in the spring semester as I'll be teaching 2 upper level production courses. If I can get motivated enough, maybe I'll take pictures and submit an article to Fine Woodworking.

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