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Woodworking with Diego de Assis


Tage Frid in Brazil by Diego de Assis

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It can also used with the vertical support in front, which is as comfortable as using it as a back rest. It is very light and elegant, due to the economy of material.

In the Shop

We chose cedar (cedrela spp.) for this stool. It is a light, strong wood and always “friendly” for woodworking. In general we first cut the joints with the rough cut parts, and then shaped each piece. With the stock prep complete we begin by making the “T” for the seat which has a mortise and tenon joint. We took special care in marking out this joint, thinking of the material that would be removed in the final shaping.

We bored the holes in the seat with a drill press at the prescribed angles, testing the angles first on a scrap of plywood. At various times in the construction we used scraps to make test joints before working on the final pieces - a good way to prevent wasted material.

Next we turned the tenons on the legs, to fit into the seat bottom. Frid used a hollow auger on a brace to cut the tenons. We didn’t have that tool, so we used a lathe.

Frid used dovetails to attach the back to the seat, which makes a very strong joint. The angle between the back and the seat is oblique, making careful marking out essential.

We than made the pins of the dovetail joint by hand, using a backsaw and chopping the waste with chisels.

We continued making the dovetail on the tablesaw, leaning the blade at an 80º angle. The piece was leaned slightly backward, clamped to a batten.

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