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    Seiza stool

    I just finished this self adjusting or tilting "Seiza" or meditation stool, it is rather quick to make it took me only 8 hours in total (drawing and templates excluded).
    In this stool one sits kneeling on the floor and it keeps your butt from lying on your heels hampering your blood circulation or straining your knees. I was inspired by some simialr designs I found on the web although the dimensions and details are mine.

    It is made out from two scraps of oak I had and one of them was spalted or so I think due to its dark color and the black spots and the way the wood looked when sawn, besides I know it had been laying on the floor of a barn for a few years.

    First I drew the front and side views of the foot and cut it on the band saw after having made the tenon on my TS.
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    Here you can see the piece with the cut outs.
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    Then instead of sanding it I decided to remove the saw marks with a gouge to give it a more natural feeling, besides it is much faster and less messy than sanding. Gouging it leaves a shiny faceted surface that I find pretty attractive. May be it is my carver side.

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    Then I proceeded the same way with the seat, the wood was from a complete different scrap and origin and it shows.
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    Before going any further I made a dry fit to check the fitting and the height.
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    Here you can see the finish that is obtained with a shallow nº 2 gouge
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    Last edited by Toni Ciuraneta; 11-23-2015 at 08:18 PM.
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    And this is the final pic. I made the tenon portrude a bit as a wink to James Krenow, which made the same in many of his pieces.

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    Best regards,
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    What are the dimensions of the stool? Who uses it? Very nice piece of work, Toni.
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    kinda reminds me of the stool my grandfather used back in the day. Back when he would milk his cows by hand. His had a leather strap on it so it would stay on his butt, as he went from one cow to the next.

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    How are you suppose to meditate if you keep falling off it?
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    Nice little project. I do like the gouge finish, it's something I've been trying to get happy enough with to leave alone and not sand out the texture. IMHO when it's done right, like here, it's one of the nicer feeling and looking surface treatments.

    Stephen, you're right it is reminiscent of a milking stool, ours were a bit taller (so you could hold the pail between your knees) and not nearly so fancy though. More like a piece of scrap plywood nailed to the top of a 4x4. Not sure we had anything half this nice in the house much less the barnyard

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    Very nice work as usual, Toni.
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    Nice Toni
    You have a way of making simple projects look elegant
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    How are you suppose to meditate if you keep falling off it?
    Hi Bill, despite how unstable it may look it keeps your back straight, adapts to your more comfortable hip angle and doesn't move or wiggle if that's what you are thinking about. Here you have two pics on how to use it although the stools depicted in them are not the same.Click image for larger version. 

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    Besides, meditation is an exercise of concentration not about not thinking about nothing, so one has to be mindfull of one's posture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    What are the dimensions of the stool? Who uses it? Very nice piece of work, Toni.
    Hi Roger.
    They are 358x200x200mm which are about 14" x 7,8" x 7,8" and I use it.
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