Tabletop stool part 2

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. 


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About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.