Build a Bar Stool from a 2×4 & Hand tools. Summers woodworking 2X4 contest 2014

My entry for this years Summers woodworking annual 2×4 contest.
Apart from sawing the original timber with a table saw, the whole stool was made with just a spokeshave, drill and a hammer and chisel. including roughing out the circular seat top.

this is a simple project that is actually well within the ability of even a relatively newcomer to woodworking, I left a lot of the tool marks deliberately to give it a bit of a rustic feel.

Finished in lemon shellac and home made beeswax polish.

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  1. Paul moss
    Paul moss 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Fyi I'm in the uk!

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  2. Paul moss
    Paul moss 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    What table saw do you use Richard

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  3. Plaustrum Crafts
    Plaustrum Crafts 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Great entry and a useful stool. I hope you do well in the competition. 

    Cheers Bob

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  4. plby74
    plby74 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Good video, thanks for sharing. Also glad to see your Drunken Woodworker shirt – love his channel…can't beat the 'Weekend Wood Working Wrap-up Review'!

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  5. Tom Speirs
    Tom Speirs 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Excellent work Richard, I'm mighty impressed that it was all done with hand tools.

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  6. Dominic Bender
    Dominic Bender 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    You could use the leftovers in a pillowcase to make it a more pleasant sitting experience, although I imagine this will be quite comfy to sit on as it is. Great project, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Edgar Rivera
    Edgar Rivera 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Excellent project buddy! It came out pretty good. I like. 

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  8. Carl Jacobson
    Carl Jacobson 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Great entry Richard

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  9. Davejonno31
    Davejonno31 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    That's great way to show just what can be done with hand tools.

    I would sort that wobbly fence post out though

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    STEVEBLACKA 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Nice one richard .

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  11. Paul Jenkins
    Paul Jenkins 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Looks great, almost too good for shop furniture!

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  12. Jack Houweling
    Jack Houweling 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Very nice idea, and good for the shop.

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  13. Chris Pine
    Chris Pine 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    I love the stool! Now I am going to have and make one for my shop!   🙂


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  14. PeteTGIF
    PeteTGIF 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Well, this starts to frighten me, I think I waited too long, but still 2 weeks to go.
    Great looking stool, I think it's a shame that it will stay in your shop.
    Greetings from Good Old Germany

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  15. Rock-n H Woodshop
    Rock-n H Woodshop 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    The 2 x 4 wars have begun. Great great job on the stool. I like it very much!!!

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  16. April Wilkerson
    April Wilkerson 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Nice entry! High five for using hand tools. Man…I better get on with my 2×4 project. 

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  17. Whatcha Making?
    Whatcha Making? 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Very nice!

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  18. Sterling Davis
    Sterling Davis 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    Good Job!

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  19. John Zhu
    John Zhu 22 July, 2016, 13:34

    For a beginner it may be physically less demanding to cut the square into an octagon first before the chisel and spoke shave. Good luck in the contest.

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