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Shop Stool

London-based designer Thor ter Kulve delivers the ‘essential’ woodworking project with his beautifully considered Shop Stool. Don’t be fooled by the elegant aesthetics—this stool’s robust triangular frame stands up to harsh treatment in even the most punishing of workshops. Kulve’s challenging project is perfect for the ambitious weekend woodworking warrior!

by Thor ter Kulve


Approx. 20 hrs

Skill Level

Unit System

Metric & Imperial

Project Includes

About The Project

Thor's Shop Stool is the result of years of using conventional woodshop stools that were rickety, ugly, or both. Unwilling to settle for a compromise between strength and aesthetics, he wanted a stool that would be at home either at the breakfast bar or at the workbench. The resulting design boasts eye-catching geometry and durable construction.

How You'll Make It

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Preparing your materials

Thor’s Shop Stool requires attention to detail. You’ll need to ensure that all your material is prepared to the specified dimensions.

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Cutting the frame

You’ll cut each of the stool's components using Origin before assembling the frame.

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Offset cutting with Origin

You’ll use Origin’s offset feature to fine-tune each joint until you have the perfect friction fit.

What you’ll learn

  • Butterfly key usage
  • Offset cutting with Origin
  • Types of friction fit
  • Finishing techniques
  • Workpiece fixturing
  • Glue-up strategies
  • Delicate part handling
  • Cutting chamfered edges
  • Long-reach cutter operations
  • Round-over cutter operations

What's Included

More about the project instructions

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88 Illustrated Steps

You’ll follow 88 beautifully illustrated instruction steps which will guide you from your first cut to your last.

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Follow on your Mobile

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Origin Cut Settings

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What You'll Need


Meet the Creator

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Thor ter Kulve

Thor ter Kulve is a Dutch designer based in London. He studied Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London. In his designs, he focuses on ways to make self-sufficient and...

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