Milking Stool

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This was a relatively quick project from the Paul Sellers woodworking book.  The point was to make this with all hand tools.  I learned a little about carving, including that I don’t really have a good handle on sharpening carving tools.  That seems weird, because I can put a good edge on planes and regular chisels.

There are only three parts here, four if you count the two pieces I had to glue up to get the seat blank.  I made mine out of some offcuts of Honduran Mahogany I picked up at Global Wood Source.

Glue Up The Seat Blank

Glue Up The Seat Blank

Most of the work was in shaping the seat, and while it looks OK and is comfortable it has some uneven spots and took too long to get done.  I’ll have to do this again one day and see if I can do a cleaner job.  After I figure out how to sharpen my gouges.

Rough shaped seat

Rough shaped seat

I did cheat and use my bandsaw to cut out the square blanks for the legs (at the time I was working on a cheap bench and didn’t have the ability to clamp something well enough so I could saw it).  All of the shaping on the legs was done with a plane and spokeshave, followed by a scraper and sandpaper.

Legs were shaped into tapered hexagons with my trusty #5, then I knocked the facets off with a block plane and finished them off with a spokeshave

Legs were shaped into tapered hexagons with my trusty #5, then I knocked the facets off with a block plane and finished them off with a spokeshave

Once the seat was assembled and glued up I pared off the protruding tenons, sanded everything and wet it to raise the grain.

Finished stool ready for dye and topcoats

Finished stool ready for dye and topcoats

I applied a coat of “Red Mahogany” water based dye, then a coat of Linseed oil and a topcoat of blond Shellac.  I’m still learning about finishing (and sharpening and a dozen other things), but this was a fun project that we use all the time.

Mahogany milking stool

Mahogany milking stool

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