Make a Walnut and Maple Stool with a Finger Joint

Make a Walnut and Maple Stool with a Finger Joint


Today we’re making a maple and walnut stool
using kitchen rolling pins for the legs. I started by preparing the box joint jig. So I inserted the half inch aluminium bar
in the slot because I will be using a half inch router bit and the spacing between them
is also a half inch. I had that same amount of material removed
on a piece of sacrificial plywood and screwed it to the jig fence. I grabbed my pieces of maple and walnut and
started routing. Once I got to the end of the maple board,
I clamped it side by side with the walnut and kept cutting fingers so that they match
perfectly. I glued them together… and clamped them super tight. While the glue is drying, I started working
on the legs. About a year ago, I found these kitchen rolling
pins on a store and the only thing I could see were stool legs. So I bought 4 of them but unfortunately I
kept pushing this project further and further and finally decided to go for it. I don’t have a lathe so this was the way
I found to try something different from the typically straight pieces I make. I removed the clamps and started to clean
and plane the surfaces flat. Then I could trim off the ends and make it
a square. I marked the place for the holes and I wanted
to try that through hole look. I chose the forstner bit that seemed to match
the diameter of this area a few centimetres away from the end and I used the drill press
to make the holes. To angle them, I had to create a ramp on the
drill press table and did that just by placing a block of wood with a piece of plywood on
top and clamping it firmly. I also drew a line on the center of the column
and extended it on the plywood surface. This way I had a visual reference to place
the stool top and align the center of the forstner bit with that line. So each corner of the stool top is always
placed on the same spot, meaning that the holes are all symmetric and the inclination
is consistent. I also made two marks on the other two corners
so I know that the top is placed at perfect 45 degrees every time. I could finally drill the holes. I chamfered the edges with my tiny block plane. I inserted the legs just until the diameter
did match the underside of the holes and put some masking tape with the same thickness
of the top to trace a parallel line. Then I needed to make that portion into a
round tenon so I grabbed a knife and started to shape it. I cut the tops off so I was only left with
the tenon part and inserted the legs just half way and identified them. Then I made some lines perpendicular to the
grain top so I can insert some splines to lock the legs in place. I made the splines out of thin pieces of bubinga. It seemed a good idea to round the tops a
little bit and make it easier to hammer the legs in place. I hammered the splines and cut the remaining
material with a flush trimming saw. To level up the legs, I place the stool on
a flat table and kept adding shims until the distance from the table top to the stool top
was the same and there was no rocking. With a pencil taped to a piece of plywood,
I traced all the legs and cut them. Chamfered the ends a little bit and sanded
everything smooth. Finally I applied two coats of furniture wax
and it was done! This was my first time building a stool and
working with splines and I think the overall piece came out beautiful, although it has
a totally different style from the things that I typically make. I hope this process inspires you to make something
awesome with your own hands and thanks for watching! Thanks to my Patreon family and Rockler for
supporting my work and I’ll catch you guys later!

99 thoughts on “Make a Walnut and Maple Stool with a Finger Joint

  1. I like how you cut the legs to length. I either end up chasing the rocking leg until things are too short or I just add adjusters to the bottoms of the legs.

  2. OMG that Forstner bit set is just orgasmic , and +1 on the video quality its looking amazing keep it up , love watching your vids much love from cape town South Africa

  3. I love the look of the through-holes and the splines – they look like giant slotted screws securing the legs to the top! And the rolling pins for the legs, that’s just awesome – great work! 👍🏻

  4. is that real sound in SLOW MO of the drill press? That is such a cool noise. You should send some footage to Andrew Huang.

  5. Hi, did you ever use the japanese pull saws? I love them! They are as precise as sharp knives and a very valuable addition to my workshop!

  6. Neat way to use the rolling pins!!!

    I am severely visually impaired due to glaucoma (it was extremely rare to be born with glaucoma in the 1970’s).

    I don’t own any power tools other then MY drill (Hubz has the “house” drill because he doesn’t put everything away where they belong. Lol!!!) I’m also divorced from my first husband and his dad is dead so my chances of working with power tools is non-existent as my husband of nearly 20 years was not raised with nor has shown much interest in learning more complicated carpentry things… we, me instructing and Hubz following my instructions… I hate supervising… because I can do it better, faster and with less “oopsings”… Two years ago I designed and “we” built our larger dogs a raised bed (it was supposed to be for our now 2.5 year old chocolate Labrador but since our German Shepherd is geriatric (she’s between 16 and 17 years old) and needs a warm place to sleep (for about 85%-90% of the time as we live on the Pacific Coast in Washington state) there’s a small space heater near the bed (but far enough away for safety reasons) and it came out pretty good and ALL (7) of our dogs seem to enjoy the bed as long as our geriatric (who is my retired guide dog/mobility dog) dog doesn’t chase them out ( our small is my 2-2.5 puns chihuahua who is my current anxiety/panic dog {he’s far to small and short to do neither guide or mobility work} and our chocolate Labrador who weighs about 90 pounds (who is in training for guide work, mobility and panic “pressure therapy” as well as anxiety distraction). Our geriatric dog will gripe at all of the dogs except my 2-2.5 pound chihuahua… he’s small enough she can lay around him… lol!!!

    I truly enjoy watching your content, please continue for as long as you can!!!

    Happy holidays!!!

  7. Amazing work! Whenever I punch through a piece of wood with my forstner bit, there is always some chipping, no matter what I do. How did you prevent that from happening with this beautiful piece?

  8. Heya! New fan via your loft bed and stairs/storage series. Absolutely fell in love with the style of your videos and attitude and was sad to see so much of it polished away in your more recent videos. Granted they especially sound better than the older ones but I for one just wanted to emphasis on that quirky and interesting way you conveyed your projects in your earlier videos.

  9. Beautiful!Just one comment, if you don’t have a lathe and you need to make a cylinder or a cone, you can do both with a router, you put the piece between two pins, so that it turns, and you make a jig to move the router straight over the rolling piece, but be careful, it kicks easily. If  the piece is parallel to the router movement you get a cylinder, if you raise one of the pins and the piece is not parallel, you get a cone. Congratulations.

  10. New to your channel and really impressed with your craftsmanship and video skills!  I'll be looking around your site to see what else you have created.  Great stuff

  11. Seus trabalhos são incríveis, parabéns.
    Tenho uma pergunta, você mora no Porto, talvez você não conheça alguma madeireira em Lisboa? Ou conhece?
    Muito obrigado

  12. May have problems with structural integrity looking at the grain of the wood and the finger joint. That is if people sit on it. But it will carry a flowerpot beautifly.

  13. You do such great work! You’ve got great style, great photography, and great ideas. I’m super impressed with your work.
    How and when did you get started with woodworking?

  14. Fascinating to watch. The Bubinga splines are my favorite design element. I love watching your camera angles. Great job!

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  16. god, the product placement here is so egregious and unnecessary and sad. is there anything stupider in the world than a "rockler silicone project mat"? is there anything more shameful than peddling it?

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