Burr Oak Stool

After making my daughter a beautiful burr oak stool (see rectangular stools in the Things I've Made pages) there was a short piece left over of the 'rough end' of the burr oak plank, to make the seat for another stool.   It took

quite a bit of hand scraping to bring the wood to a decent smooth finish.

I waxed the top after I'd finished smoothing, just to see what it would look like.   That's a pretty piece of wood.

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I needed to find a very special piece of wood to make legs fitting for such a pretty top, and I turned to an ancient elm table I had been keeping for a special project.  It was a very dark colour and toned beautifully with this burr oak. 

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Here they are measured up and angled mortice and tenon joints cut to fit them to the top.

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There was an old recess cut into the back of the wood where a hinge had been fitted, so this had to be cleaned out and a small piece of wood fitted and planed flush with the rest.

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I made a bracing strut with angled ends and tenons, with angled square holes and fixing pegs. These slot into angled mortices in the leg pieces.

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The legs get a bit of a scrape, to clean them up and show off the grain, and the pegs hold it all together.          .

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The protruding tenons are cut off at the correct angle and planed flush.  The legs are shaped at the bottom and waxed.

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With a similar curve cut into the brace, it is assembled.  I think it looks very handsome, indoors or outdoors.

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