Japanese Style Stool

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Introduction: Japanese Style Stool

Creation of a Japanese-style stool with hand tools only

Supplies

A 4 foot by 6 inch board of 1 inch thick walnut

A 1-foot-by-1-inch piece of maple wood, 1 inch thick

Three wood chisels (1 ’’, ¾ ’’ and ½ ’’)

A hand saw

A Scraper

Sandpaper (100, 150 and 220)

Wood glue Wood varnish

Step 1: Cutting

Cut 4 pieces of walnut with a handsaw

1 piece of 14''x6 " x1" (Platter)

2 pieces of 9''x6'x1" (Feet)

1 piece of 14''x1 ½’’x1’’ (Crosspiece)

Also in maple wood

2 wedges 3''x1''x1 " (to fix the crosspiece)

8 shims 1‘‘x1''x1 / 4‘‘ (to fix the feet)

Step 2: Round Off the Corners of the Feet

Using a wood chisel and a scraper, round off the corners of the feet.

Step 3: Creating the Holes

Creating holes with wood chisels

4 holes 1’’x 1 '' on the top of the platter

1 hole on each foot 1’'x2 ½ ’’

Step 4: Create the Platter Curve

Make lines with a paper grid at regular intervals. Indicate the desired depth.

Saw to the planned depth with a saw. Remove the extra wood with a wood chisel.

Finish with a scraper until you get the desired curve.

Step 5: Create the Tenons of the Feet

Using a saw and a wood chisel, create two tenons in the legs with the same dimensions in the holes in the table top. Cut the top of the tenons at the same angle as the platter top.

Make two slots in the tenons to insert the future shims.

Step 6: Cut of the Crosspiece

Cut the ends of the crosspiece at 30 ° with a hand saw

Step 7: Manufacture of Shims

Cut the wedges into spikes until you get a perfect fit between the pieces

Step 8: Gluing

Glue the different pieces together with wood glue and checkthat the angles are correct (90 °) and that the feet are lying flat.

Step 9: Painting

Sand with 100 sandpaper, then 150, and finally 220 to obtain a good result.

Apply 3 coats of varnish with a light sanding between each coat.

Hand Tools Only Challenge

Grand Prize in the
Hand Tools Only Challenge

1 Person Made This Project!

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22 Comments

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lord_bow
lord_bow

Question 2 years ago

I dont understand how the shims fit into the slots on the tenons, and I don't understand how those shims hold the top plate in place. Can you please explain with more details step 6: putting the shims into the tenons?

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Sadrcityboys
Sadrcityboys

Answer 2 months ago

It works like an ax or a hammerhead you put the handle in IE the tenon then you shim it that's making it a tight it and better than nailing or gluing actually if done correctly it doesn't need to be glued

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Design•Time
Design•Time

1 year ago

Nice job! Thank you for sharing your project!

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tlebsack
tlebsack

2 years ago

re: "check that the angles are correct (90 °) and that the feet are lying flat."
What do you do if they are not ?? Sand ?

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jabutleratmacdotcom
jabutleratmacdotcom

2 years ago

Truly a work of art. A lot of work, and beautiful. Congratulations!

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MarkP47
MarkP47

2 years ago

Your very first instructable, and you won the grand prize in the "hand tools only" competition.
Well done. You've now inspired me to make a longer version of one of these to sit on my decking.
Congratulations.

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Stevens Workshop
Stevens Workshop

2 years ago

Brilliant, a well deserved winner of the contest

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tonyio
tonyio

2 years ago

Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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jim_henry
jim_henry

2 years ago

Beautiful! It makes me think I could ALMOST do it. :)

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NEW PEW
NEW PEW

2 years ago

Great Instructable! Congrats with being a finalist in the Hand tools only challenge!

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Nikita Maree
Nikita Maree

2 years ago

Beautiful build. I really love the lighter coloured wedges.
Great Instructable.

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clem.coloradeau
clem.coloradeau

Reply 2 years ago

Hello Nikita,
I'm very glad you noticed this color change. That's why I chose this piece of walnut.
Thanks for you message.

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clem.coloradeau
clem.coloradeau

2 years ago

Hello, yes you right it's my first instructable and at the end I realized that I didn't took enough pictures... I'll try to improve that next time. Thanks

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Lucas Nam
Lucas Nam

2 years ago

well done making this!

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renato.repivot
renato.repivot

2 years ago on Step 9

Estou adorando esta plataformas, exatamente por ter esta posibilidade de poder baixar um projeto completamente. muito grato

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Stevens Workshop
Stevens Workshop

2 years ago

Love it, what a beautiful piece. I'm planning on giving this one a go.
Thanks for the upload.

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clem.coloradeau
clem.coloradeau

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you Steven for your message!
It makes me happy to share this project.

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garfieldgurl
garfieldgurl

2 years ago

Beautiful work! Love that stool design.

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clem.coloradeau
clem.coloradeau

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you Garfieldgurl !