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This is a miniature three legged stool for a candle or small plant. This one is made from Maple and Walnut and all done on the lathe and the drill press. It stands 4" tall and is 5" in diameter.
You could use this for a number of things, I like the candle idea but I also thought about making one as a plant stand. You can get very very creative with these. And they are not very difficult to make.
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Step 1: Grab some scraps

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For this one, I used 3 small pieces of walnut about 6" long X 1" X 1" and 6"X6"X1" Maple. The maple was clean and flat on one side and the other side is rough cut. The walnut were simple scrap cuts I had in the bin.

Grab a pencil spring punch or scratch awl and mallet and your angle square for the next step.

Step 2: Layout for the holes

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Now I marked the centers on both ends of all three legs. After that I marked the center of the Maple block.
Then using a spring punch make a divot. Then I used a compass and made a circle as large as the block would allow, then made another circle about 1/2"-3/4" less in radius.
Then, I used the center punch and made the first divot for the legs. The location of the first divot doesn't really matter.
Now, without adjusting the compass from the inner circle size, start at the first divot you made and make 6 perpendicular marks moving from one cross-mark to the next as pictured.
Finally, using the spring punch, divot every other mark leaving 3 divots in total plus the one in the center.
I then drilled the center hole to allow my worm drive for the chuck.
SlickSqueegie (author) 1 year ago
I didnt measure any angle, I simply placed another scrap of wood under one side of the piece to lift it, then using a level, I "eyeballed" the correct height. Crude, but it worked. If I was doing many of these I would build a proper jig. I would say the angle is between 10 - 15 deg.

15 degrees is the recomended angle for large functioning stools so if "in scale" 15 is also correct here.

That gives me a ballpark idea. Thanks for the info and it is a great looking stool!
SlickSqueegie (author)  OutlawKtulu1 year ago
Thanks. Just a tip. Make sure you line up the center lines of each hole properly. I do not know how to word these directions, better to shoot you a pic.
That is very cute! I could see it being used in a diorama setting as well.
The Walnut scraps were also the correct size for Pen & Mechanical Pencil blanks. etc. Just saying.
SlickSqueegie (author)  snoopindaweb1 year ago
Indeed they were. I save the nicest grain cuts too for when I need a pen/pencil style blank. But they were "scraps" from a different project.
TerryJ1 year ago
Love it. I can imagine candle wax dribbling over the side! Very cute!
SlickSqueegie (author)  TerryJ1 year ago
they are very unique :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  lanieinthehouse1 year ago
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tarbita 1 year ago
couldn't be cuter
SlickSqueegie (author)  tarbita 1 year ago
thank you
HollyMann1 year ago
Love it - Beautiful!
SlickSqueegie (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you Holly. Just another reason to get a lathe. lol :)
this is awesome! i love it. only other thing i have to add is this a tiny stool for ants?! just had too but great ible. keep up the good work.
SlickSqueegie (author)  nightninja871 year ago
Thanks Nightninja, It would be a little big for ants. lol.
bcavaciuti1 year ago
Noice little stool youve inspired me to make one for my little bonsai tree :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  bcavaciuti1 year ago
Excellent! I would love to see what you made! Thanks for the compliment!
Ah.. this is very cute. Another artistic creation by your hands with your Lathe :), I really love your precision about the Legs, they look all alike. How do you know, when you need to stop while you are shaping them in Lathe.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thanks Tarun,
I have found that this is proving to be one of the more challenging aspects of turning. which is why I chose to do this project. It will give me some more practice replicating pieces.
shazni1 year ago
Love love love! btw congratulations on being featured :-)
SlickSqueegie (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thanks Shazni