Seat shaping

Throughout the past week time was spent shaping the stool seat. As demonstrated by Paul Sellers I used a #7 gouge. This is my first experience with this tool and it has been fun. Took a little time to work out the sharpening technique, but all is well.IMG_1007.JPG

The most surprising aspect is how little time it took to get the shape I wanted. If I am calculating correctly approximately two hours over a couple of evenings. There are a few areas that need to be smoothed and some shaping in the front to ease the edges, but the bulk of the work has been completed. In the background of the photograph is the plane that I began last winter specifically for this project. It worked fairly well and helped with the smoothing after using the gouge. Doing this project again I would make a smaller plane.


  1. August 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Looking good, real good. 🙂

  2. August 25, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Looks great! Any recommendations on gouges, I was going to make some of Paul’s stuff in his book and videos but I don’t know where to start. Figuring you already did the legwork.

    • August 25, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Gouges are one area that I am totally unfamiliar. I spent several months looking for used but came up empty handed. Then looked at the local,woodcraft and was stunned at their price. Ended up ordering the Hirsch from highland hardware like Paul Sellers. I figured if I was going to have to pay the same price I might as well follow his recommendation. I like the balance and it worked well. Thanks for asking.

  3. September 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Get herself a scorp. Then a travisher. Then maybe an adze.

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