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Douglas Fir Bar Stool

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Project by aerialcopper posted 08-18-2018 11:08 PM 639 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this stool of douglas fir in a 4×4’ corner of a shared apartment, using hand saws and planes. The stretchers are stilts I made and then repurposed. I made the dowels by ripping a piece of cherry and running it through an improvised pencil-sharpener style dowel maker.

Finally have some decent hand saws and a shoulder plane, which make this sort of simple jointery so much easier.

The photo of two stools side by side depicts the one I made beside the one my dad made of the same wood, but in a well-equipped shop with power tools. I wrote a blog post about them if you’re interested to read more.

-- Dylan- www.aerialcopper.com





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 08-19-2018 04:25 AM

Now that is some really nice straight grain fir. That definitely put a dent in your wallet. Those are both very nice looking stools.

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aerialcopper

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#2 posted 08-19-2018 06:21 AM



Now that is some really nice straight grain fir. That definitely put a dent in your wallet. Those are both very nice looking stools.

- BurlyBob

Thanks!

Fir 4×4 construction lumber, believe it or not. I think it was less than $3/bdft. I live in NW Wa, and the wood was harvested in the neighborhood. The rings are really coarse compared to expensive VG, and has plenty of checks and sap pockets. Also have to let it dry for a few months. But surprising that more furniture isn’t made from it.

-- Dylan- www.aerialcopper.com

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#3 posted 08-19-2018 11:35 AM

I really like the design it could go in any room or kitchen bar. Nice wood tones. Another example of you don’t need all the super dooper tools to do great work. I think you should read the comment below, you are on ” the path” please feel free to go my page and see any of my shop or projects that might give you any ideas or my blog as I may move in a few years.

I don’t qoute this often but I keep it at work.. From Theodore Roosevelt…the ordinary man who is successful is not a genius. He is a man who shares the same powers as his fellow man but has developed those powers to a more than ordinary degree.

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#4 posted 08-20-2018 12:49 AM

I dig it.

Very elegant yet simple design.

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aerialcopper

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#5 posted 08-20-2018 10:44 PM

Thanks oldguy2 and Hazem!

-- Dylan- www.aerialcopper.com

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#6 posted 08-22-2018 02:25 AM

Gorgeous…love the design.

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garylyb

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#7 posted 08-27-2018 12:01 PM

Very nice work.

I’m impressed with how you used construction lumber for it.

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