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…