Carving a Set of Bar Stool Seats from Cedar
- HomeRight Small Spray Shelter with Straps
- HomeRight Super Finish Max Sprayer
- HomeRight Digital Temperature Heat Gun
- DeWalt Miter Saw
- Laguna Bandsaw
- Ryobi Quiet Strike Cordless Impact Driver
- King Arthur’s Holey Galahad
- 4.5-inch Angle Grinder
- Orbital Sander
- FolkArt Dye by PlaidCraft
- WATCO Matte Lacquer
- Titebond I Wood Glue
A good portion of my work is either customized or commissioned work. Today’s project has such an origin. I have made a few sets of bar stools with carved cedar wood seats that are dyed a variety of colors. These stools are on display at a local Interior Designers store front. It is through a client of the interior designer that I received an order for three carved cedar wood bar stools, dyed green.
I was starting with a stock of cedar wood that had all been previously planed to just ¾” thick. This thickness requires two pieces to be glued together in order to have enough thickness for carving the stool seat. In order to do this, I broke down the Cedar, using a miter saw, into six pieces approximately 18” long. Doing a little mix and match I found which two of any of the six would make the best match for the glue up. In order to get the best surfaces for gluing that would allow for the least number of gaps, I used a belt sander to remove mill marks and rough patches on the gluing side of all six boards. I applied Titebond I glue to the newly smoothed wood and used 8 clamps for each set to get firm and complete pressure across the whole seat surface.
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