Two days after I emailed out the drawings I called my client to decide on his favorite design. The one he liked best was the "Arts & Crafts" option. We decided on reclaimed oak as the primary wood for the top and legs; I said that I will try to get some reclaimed red-wood for the rail. If you know me by now, you will know that I like the idea of using reclaimed wood, especially if I can incorporate wood from the area where my clients live. In this case, the red-wood came from an old New York City water tower (see picture bellow). As my clients live in the city, building for them something that included a material whose history is engraved in the NYC skyline will (I belive) enhance the sentimental value of their new piece.
The building process included a groove along the stool top to nest in the rail, two dados to nest in the legs, and making notched joints for the joint between the legs and the rail.
After making all the joints I chamfered the top edges. I tilted the table-saw's blade at 45 degrees and run the top (edges down) against the saw's fence.
The outcome is a very strong and minimalistic "Japanese-style" stool. Next time I will show how I completed the details and finished the piece.