…either way, I’m working on a tall stool with a back/crest rail and armrest and I suspect it’s going to teach me a thing or two. This kind of ups the level a bit as I’ve yet to build a stool that has any kind of back support. Or an armrest for that matter. I’m building this for my mom to use while cooking in the kitchen. The idea is to have something to sit at while working at the center island that’s easy to get in and out of and still provides just the right amount of support without getting in the way. To kind’ve facilitate that, I’m adding an armrest on the right-hand side and although I don’t need to put in a footrest for structural stability, I think it’ll be nice to have one for exactly that-a footrest, otherwise her feet won’t have anywhere to sit. I guess that’s why they call it a footrest…
For material, I’m using a plank of Ash that’s been sitting around for a year or so. I had wanted to use some of the Black Walnut we cut up over a year ago, but as it stands, it’s stacked and stickered at the very bottom and in the far back of our growing woodpile inside our temporary, makeshift air-drying structure a.k.a. the old rusty horse trailer. We are in the process of building a solar kiln and pole barn for storage but until that’s done, the older planks that we cut with the chainsaw mill are left to dry.
So back to the Ash. I really like the idea of building different pieces of furniture from one board/plank. I even came up with a name for this new line of furniture which I’m trademarking right here and now. I call it Whole Tree Furniture or better known as my WTF Line.
The Ash plank was about 72″x9″x2″. Due to the width I had to laminate the seat blank together. From there I rough dimensioned all the pieces on the table saw. My table saw is a work horse but the more I use it the more I convince myself that I’d rather be using only hand tools. Or, or, I could sell it and get a good bandsaw instead. We’ll see what the gods have fated for me. I still have to square everything by hand which will take a few days and a lot of blade sharpening. Here’s my best Cubist representation of a three legged, backed stool with arm rest (what’s up Picasso?):
I wanted to use a curved crest for this particular design and I didn’t want to cut it out of a big square piece of wood with all the requisite waste. So, using the plans from, “The Anarchist’s Design Book”, I built a curved form out of MDF. Again, back to the table saw but secretly wishing for a bandsaw, I cut 5, approximately 1/8″ thick pieces from the Ash to then laminate back together in the MDF form. I may try steam bending down the road but for now I’m trying out cold bent lamination.
And here’s the crest in the form. That’s all the farther I got yesterday-more next Sunday on the progression. That’s a lot of clamps.