Making a Set of Custom Wood Mahogany Barstools
Truth be told, I dove into this project without any experience at all with building chairs or stools. One day learned about a joinery method called “the Maloof joint” and became so enamored with the concept that I just had to try it out. It’s a big ol’ notch cut into the seat that’s also modified with a rabbet on the top and bottom, then the legs have to be cut to mate perfectly to the seat. I thought: sure, man, give it a shot. What could go wrong? Turns out, it’s kind of a mind-warp when you get going on it - I stood in my garage one Tuesday night while my wife bathed the kids (sorry, darlin’!) and I undertook the task of staring at my piles of mahogany blanks until I worked up the courage to make my first cuts. My garage is a sacred space where words like shit and fuckyeah work in place of amens and hallelujahs. It’s going great! My oldest daughter enjoys helping, too. But not with the cussing part. These pictures show the early stages - more to come.
Anyway, I’m going to start posting all of my woodworking projects in my tumblr as a way to keep track of the things I make, and, more importantly, a way to record how I finish a project in case I need to replicate it again.