Another stool (failure)

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Project by KnickKnack posted 12-10-2008 07:48 PM 3064 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off I don’t really like this stool – there’s something wrong with the leg shape, and the blue dye thing that I keep trying, well, this isn’t as bad as usual, but you heard it here first – I’m done with trying it anymore this year. As you can see, the dog didn’t think much of it either, and you don’t wanna argue with her!
I like the “bookmatched” end-grain top spacer, so I’ll probably try that again, and I quite like the end-rain spliced thing in the feet.
Pine, oil/varnish/turps.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 12-10-2008 08:18 PM

Nice try – try, try again.

I think the legs are too narrow at the bottom. I like the spacers, don’t care much for the blue either.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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#2 posted 12-10-2008 08:25 PM

Each year I have a “Design Studies” sale at my studio.
Anything more disgusting than a “Design Study” goes in the burn pit for the annual bonfire.

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 12-10-2008 08:29 PM

I agree that it looks a little narrow at the bottom. When I first looked at the pictures I thought the blue might have been an odd glare from the finish. Congrats on trying something new, it wouldn’t be quite as interesting if everything was easy the first time.

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#4 posted 12-10-2008 08:32 PM

The blue stain… Is it water based??? I tied that stuff and NEVER again! Unless I want to “paint” it… that is what it worked like… I used oil based stain (had it special mixed at Sherwin Williams) and it worked great… I have also “dyed” with tinted shellac but it is very light but worked… I used multiple coats to get it darker but still not very dark… Just a hint of color…

-- Derrel Frankfort, KY

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#5 posted 12-10-2008 08:38 PM

It’s leather dye – alcohol based, much thined – inspired by this awesome piece of work.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#6 posted 12-10-2008 09:15 PM

I think it is a pretty cool design, actually. I agree with the others that the legs should stand at least as wide as the seat.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 12-10-2008 09:40 PM

It’s not a failure. Just a unique piece looking for the right location.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#8 posted 12-10-2008 10:14 PM

So many experiments and so little time,If you didn’t try you’d never know,I think it’s kinda cool.but man I think I have that dog’s brother,LOL,have to show you a pic some time but I have to go experiment myself.

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#9 posted 12-10-2008 11:58 PM

I like the piece myself. Yea the legs should be a little wider but hey, you never know till ya try right ? I dont however like the tint. Ive seen others try the same thing and it never came out the way you picture it.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#10 posted 12-11-2008 12:31 AM

I like the shape. I might try a hanging dark glaze on it.

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#11 posted 12-11-2008 01:15 AM

I would not consider this a failure at all, it would only be a failure if not finished or even attempted to be finished, both construction or final finish. End results may not be what you had planned or anticipated, but a high degree of planning and work are obvious. If we all made the perfect piece of anything while exerting zero effort in the planning, milling, cutting, jointing or in assembly, this craft we pursue would be in vain.

-- Ciao, gth.

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#12 posted 12-11-2008 02:02 AM

I think the problem with the dye is the pine. Pine is hard to dye or stain evenly.

-- Jed,Ala,

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#13 posted 12-11-2008 02:06 AM

Great attempt. But it will keep you warm this winter.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 12-11-2008 02:14 AM

Ya know, I really like the bones of the stool…the legs are too narrow, but howabout flipping them over and reattaching to the seat?

And then maybe a dark stain to cover the ahem blue. I would recommend a gel stain. No sense not salvaging it. I have had a few thrown together projects earn a couple bucks at a yard sale. Like Garyb6 said it’s just looking for the right spot.

Nice effort fer sure!

-- POST NUBILA SOL - After clouds sunshine

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#15 posted 12-11-2008 03:07 AM

Most agree… For stability sake if nothing else the legs should be as wide as the top/

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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