|Project by Shopsmithtom||posted 10-05-2008 07:27 PM||1658 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I’ve been wanting a foot stool at my lake place for a couple of years, and decided it was finally time.
I wanted it to be rustic to match the overall decor in the place, so I looked up a local guy who cuts and drys all local varieties of wood and he had a slab of white pine with the bark on. He explained what he does to make sure the bark didn’t fall off over time, but I can’t, for the life of me, remember what he did…but let’s hope he knows what he was doing.
The legs are turned from ash branches from a downed tree on my lot, and the cross pieces (I know there’s a real name for them, but, again, can’t remember what it is) are from a downed maple. there’s a bunch of that stuff I plan to use in the future. I tried to pick branches that were the right size to turn yet leave a little bark on for the rustic look.
It was a challenge turning the ends to make a good fit for the joints, so I decided to pin all the joints for strength.
The legs don’t go all the way through the top, but rather, I drilled through and counter bored the top and used wood screws to hold the legs, and used 1 1/4” wood dowel plugs to hide it all.
I hand planed the top and used an old bit brace to bore the top holes. I gave the whole thing (not the bark) a hand rubbed coat of linseed oil and then 2 coats of amber shellac, which I like for the warm tone it gives.
It works great!
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