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Dovetail Cedar Stool - Hand Tools

I built a cedar stool for my 2 year old nephew for Christmas. I only used hand tools so it took a long time but I learned a lot in the process.

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Jointing the pieces. The cedar was leftover from a previous project so I had to plane off the stained areas as well.

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The laminations. I needed 3 pieces over 10" wide as I wanted to do 10" wide for the tops and 8" tall for the legs. The legs were to have a taper in them as well so they needed to be closer to 14" wide.

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Using a knife wall to cut the pieces to length.

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Planing the cut down to the knife wall for a perfect endgrain.

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I used a scrap piece of cardboard to freehand the arc for the legs and transferred that to the piece.

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After a very rough cut with a crappy coping saw, I used the spokeshave to get a clean, smooth edge on the arc.

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First dovetail cut and fitted. This is my first non-practice dovetail and cedar is a soft wood so these are a little rough.

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Both dovetails done and fitted. Time to glue up!

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I used way more clamps than I ever thought possible. The weird angled ones were to work the legs back into square.

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The stool got sanded, the gaps in the joints got filled with glue and sawdust, and it got several coats of boiled linseed oil.

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My man Titus with his stool