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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    London, England

    Smile Round, flatwork...

    Hi Folks, I thought you might be interested in my shop stools.

    They are an exercise in router and template use. This basic stool is made from five pieces of MDF. A disc for the seat and four identical pieces for the legs. The whole thing is held together with dowels.

    Lots of dowels all the way up the leg joints...

    ...and under the seat.

    In fact the dowels make such a strong joint that it has not been glued. I thought I would see if it would work loose. 18 months later it is still in one piece. The design of the stools can be varied by making more elaborate templates or simply altering the height.

    The finished stool.

    Hmmm...Looks like I will have to make another one now

    Did I mention it rains over here?

  2. #2
    Looks great Ralph!

    I think MDF is perfect for this type of application, thanks for the reminder that we don't always have to use "designer wood" in our projects.


  3. #3
    The pictures are staged.... Where is the dust? I've used MDF before and no way is there that tiny collection of drill swirls the only mess.

    BTW... Nice Bench tryer-outer you got there...

    D-I-L wants a couple of stools for her classroom, although not as tall as your's I may cobble a similar variety and use your methodology if you can show me how to cut the stuff w/o dust and if I can borrow you stool tester to make sure mine are satisfactory.

    Thanks for the posting and pictures.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Houston, Texas
    Hi Ralph,
    That is a great project with an attenton to the details. A seriously accurate project. Nice work and thanks.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Really like that stool!! Am going to be using this in my woods class next semester.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    London, England
    I know, I Know, Its MDF but it works for these functional shop stools.

    Sue took a laminate trimmer, fitted with a roundover bit, to hers as a 'comfort modification'. Me, I'm thinking about an upholstered seat

    Hey Bill,
    All you have to do to keep the dust down is do all the routing inside a mega-size model of Stu's VACUUM CHAMBER

    Jonathan or anyone else,
    Want some plans? ... PM me and I'll e-mail you some.

    Did I mention it rains over here?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Stockport, England
    Quote Originally Posted by Alan DuBoff View Post

    MDF...??? no comment.
    It always amuses me when people get sniffy about MDF.

    As a substrate for veneering or a painted finish it is the perfect material - far superior to solid wood.

    And for a couple of stools for in the shop - why spend the money on anything else?

    When do you get a chance to sit down, though?

    Edit - Ralph, I only just noticed you're a fellow Brit! Hi!

    May I suggest you try green, moisture-resistant MDF next time? It's far superior for all work to the fluffy stuff.

    And it rains a lot more up here!
    Last edited by Duncan Cheslett; 09-27-2007 at 10:00 AM.

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