Elevated Assets: Creating a Shop/ Kitchen Stool From a Tree.

About: Pursuing/ studying Industrial Design at the Ohio State University/ Independently. Reading, studying experimenting absorbing creative talent and inspiration from who and what is already out there... and then...

What better tools to get up off the floor than your own two feet?

A few semesters ago I worked as a groundskeeper for a large estate and was asked to take down a large tree that was leaning towards the house... With permission, I was able to save a few of the log rounds , and I split them into neat, rectangles, about the size of two clothing boxes on top of one another. I stacked them in my mother in laws shed, and let them dry for a few years.

The tangled grain of ulmis rubra or slippery elm creates a very strong grain structure that is bad for splitting maul's, but good for wide, thin chair seats.  The stool took about a week of messing up and wasting wood to get it right, and I could probably do the next one in just a few days. I used both a chainsaw wheel and a carbide carving disc on an angle grinder that I purchased here http://katools.com/. Sand paper flap wheels for the grinder, and curved cabinet scrapers helped finish it up nicely.

A length of some 8/4 maple for the legs, and the wedges, and a sprayed coat of clear Laquer were the only other materials needed. No metal fasteners, just wedged through tenons in the seat and epoxy in all the joints. I like how graceful it turned out, and with a quick comparison to the other options out there- http://www.dwr.com/product/tractor-stool.do , and http://www.thosmoser.com/category/stools/product/218/high_stool/ I think I saved about a thousand dollars making mine over purchasing. It was my first creation with legs ( with the exception of my 2 month old son Evan ) and I am very pleased with how it turned out. And who would ever guess this stool seat was once bound for a stack of firewood!

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