This is a blog on creating this project.
After making my Shop stool I have gotten a lot of interest and questions like “can you make me one as well?” and “is it possible to make it from a light wood?”
Inspired from several people here that talk about making money on their woodwork I thought it would be usefull to make another stool experimenting with methods to potentially make it more production friendly.
Other than that i set up 3 goals:
- It should be made from a light colored and not too expencive wood that is easy to obtain. Choose larch for this project as it planes so nicely and smells great.
- In order to improve on my planing skills it should be made without any sanding. Only planes and card scarper allowed!
- I dont care much for yellow/orange colored woods and lighter colored woods does get quite orange when oiled or warnished. So i wanted to experiment with traditional soap finish that does not color the wood much.
First move was making a accurate, full scale template in order to get the angles right:
Cutting to the depth on the table saw and chiseling away the bulk:
And then the curve was leveled easily with the plane and a scraper:
Made a series of oak dowels using a dowelmaker seen here. The blade is from an old jointer plane that i was given. It was in too bad a shape to restore and note how worn down the blade is..
And all the parts, ready to assemble:
First glue up. Note that the dowels are angled to follow the lines in the legs:
Final glue up. Nice light in the ewening this time of the year:
Then on to the finish. Read about my initial experiments wit soap in my blog post here.
The soap is applyed with a sponge in thin layers and left to dry for at least a few hours. Applyed 4 layers of soap and left it to dry totally overnight before handling and sitting on it:The surface can then be buffed or a new layer applyed.
In the corners the soap tend to make lumps. These are easily removed with an old tooth brush:
After buffing the result is nearly invisible with a little low shine to it:
And the final result in nice, low summer evening sun:
The plane, that I at first thought of as a quick´n dirty disposable turned out so nice that it got a few layers of my homemade Danish Oil. Think it is a keeper..
This was a fun and rewarding project. Hope it can inspire others to experiment.
Let me know what you think!
-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda