|Project by SwedishIron||posted 12-19-2008 04:34 AM||11733 views||20 times favorited||17 comments|
I received my new Fine Woodworking Magazine today in the mail and noticed Tommy’s (a.k.a. tchisel) article about building his Shaker step stool. Over the summer I had the opportunity to built the same project from the plans he has available and posted on his www.tchisel.com site. I noticed that he recently posted the same plans on Lumberjocks. Hopefully a few of you Lumberjocks will give the project a go and build it. I took me around 20 hours total, and that includes using mostly hand tools for the entire build.
The step stool uses contrasting walnut and hard maple and is finished with two coats of Natural Danish Oil and three coats of blonde shellac. In between each finishing step I sanded over the surfaces w/ 0000 Steel Wool and 600 grit W/D sandpaper. The maple turned out to be a crazy grained curly/blistered hard maple with a light sprinkling of birdseyes.
I deviated from the original plans a little bit since I cut the back cleat a 1/2” short of the proper length. I modified the design and joinery to incorporate a 1/2 blind dovetail instead of a through dovetail to attach the cleat. I’m happy with the way it turned out.
-- Scott, Colorado