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Cantilevered 600mm CNC-cut stool from 18mm ply
It is purely glued and doweled, there are no metal fastenings.
Cut from 1/2 sheet of 18mm Ply and 6x 270mm 10mm hardwood dowels.
Place one full-length piece down on a flat surface, glue and install all dowel pieces.
Alternate top and bottom pieces and spacers, glueing all meeting faces and dowels. Finish with full-length piece.
Clamp until glue is dry.
Alternatively, glue and clamp in top/bottom pairs and do final assembly when glue is set.
The key to a successful stool is at the face join and two dowels in the centre of the stool - that is where all the stresses reside. Get those joints right with glue, dowels and clamping and you will have a solid piece of furniture. Don't scrimp on quality or amount of glue. I use Titebond II Premium and it is perfect, clean up excess with a damp cloth while clamping.
I finish my outside edges with a 1/4" roundover router bit and sand till smooth, then apply an oil/varnish finish and use felt or nylon buffers on the bottom.
I use Meranti plywood - it doesn't need to be furniture grade, as the layout has the two end pieces in mirror-image, so you can pick the best side as the outer, display face. I like Meranti over Baltic Birch or Pine ply as the colour is richer and the grain is more pronounced, but whatever works for you.
Don't use MDF - it's too heavy and will chip easily. I'm not convinced it will be strong enough, long-term. The ply plus dowel gives 'bounce' and feels more comfortable.
You can top with an upholstered pad, if you want. I have an alternative version with a cut-out for insetting a leather pad. Ask if you are interested in the model.
Completed, varnished and with protection on the bottom, these retail for $1600-2000 a set of 4, depending on finish.
If you want to commercially reproduce them, licensing is very reasonable - contact the designer.
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