Cutting The Seat Log
One of the first items to consider as we get started is what to use for the seat on your 3-Legged Stool. If you’re not sure what makes ‘good wood’ for log furniture, now would be an outstanding time to read Furniture From Logs Found in Your Own Backyard.
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Now, after selecting the piece of timber or log from which your stool will be made, you will need to proceed with cutting the desired ‘slice’ off from the main section of log.
Step 1: Marking the piece of log.
- Using your tape measure and pencil, measure out and mark the desired section of log around the entire circumference.
- Keep in mind your finished piece should average between 2 ½” – 4” depending on your personal preference and the actual moisture content of your log. Remember, you will be sanding off up to 1/4″ or more.
- Always look for interesting knots or limbs you can include into the piece of furniture. Cut around these and leave intact when possible.They can always be cut off later if you choose but keep in mind, knots, knurls, kinks, cracks and crannies do add real character to your log furniture.
Step 2: Cutting the log.
- After making sure you have a clear area to work and your log is secure, now is the time to make the cut. And I can’t say enough about Your Chainsaw Safety!
- Don’t worry about keeping the cut exact. After-all, this is ‘rustic’ log furniture. Rough is good.
- Remember, 3-Legged Stools are fun! Why make just one? Now that you are set up and finally running that chainsaw, why not cut more than one seat log and make multiple stools.
Choosing Your Stool Legs
Here’s a little tip for you…Rustic Log Furniture is just that. It’s rustic!
It doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’.
As you can tell, just about anything will work for the logs and the legs…
For the legs, I always like to keep an eye out for any old dead branches or tree limbs laying around the yard or when I’m out in the woods. Any of these will work great, but you can also use dowel rods or even old building materials.
Here’s a cool little Multi-Function Tool. It really comes in handy when harvesting dead branches and tree limbs for your log furniture legs!
Laying-out the Log
Now it’s time to lay-out the log for the legs. A reasonably simple task. But one well worth going over.
The goal here is to establish an evenly divided triangle centered within the
circle of your log.
Follow these easy steps to achieve a stable stool:
- Using your tape measure, measure across the log in several places to find the approximate center point.
- Temporarily set a small nail or screw in the center of the log.
- Hook the end of your tape measure over the nail or screw and scribe a line approximately 2″ inside the outside edge of the log.
- Randomly select a point along your line for the location of the first leg. Note: avoid placing the leg on ‘checks’ or cracks in the log.
- Now, simply evenly divide out the remainder of your circle for the other two legs. Note: Measure across the circle, make a mark. Measure across the same length. Make another mark. Now, is it the same back to the original mark? Is it close?
Take your time on this, and unlike me in the video, you will easily divide the circle into 3 even sections and space your legs nice and even every time.
Although not critical with these little ‘rustic’ stools here’s the link to a handy wood workers calculator you can bet I’ll be getting.
Okay then, we’ll jump right into the Mortise and Tenon joint the next time we meet.
See you again soon,