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Project by JuniorJoiner posted 04-06-2009 07:37 AM 1446 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a diversion project to take my mind off the home reno’s (just found out i have to take out the kitchen floor I had just put down and installed cupboards ontop of).

So I made a foot rest for my wife for her desk at work. It seems like many peoples knees ache when they sit at computer desks for hours a day, because I have requests for half a dozen more.

I banged this one out this evening, took about 1 1/2 hours including stock preparation ( by hand).

the joinery is just a rabbet and wooden nails, the project is made out of western maple including the nails with a dowel plate.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 04-06-2009 08:04 AM

Looks pretty good for an hour and a half ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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JuniorJoiner

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 08:18 AM

doing the work with handtools is faster, no router to set up or fence to dial in. just marking guage and plane, then drill and add a few nails. i did use a bandsaw for the curves on the bottoms. and i did have a template made so no measuring was needed.
it’s nice to get quick results now and again, makes me feel like a woodturner.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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John Stegall

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 01:57 PM

Looks great! I am glad you told me it was maple, I had it pegged for Walnut. Not only is this good for your knees but is also great on your back. I once fished a piece of some heavy wood out of the dumpster at MSC near Houston to use under my desk due to a back injury. It worked great.
Taking that floor out at that point in a renov is a real downer. You have my sympathy.

-- jstegall

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oldskoolmodder

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#4 posted 04-06-2009 04:59 PM

I thought it was Walnut as well. Nice job on the whole thing, especially the finish to make it look like another wood. Whether that was your intent or not.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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JuniorJoiner

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#5 posted 04-07-2009 12:45 AM

this piece is unfinished, and is western maple. i cut the tree down myself.
it was a large tree(over 6 ft diameter) so it was mostly heartwood, as you are seeing in this project.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 04-07-2009 05:11 AM

clean simple design. nice job.

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#7 posted 04-21-2009 06:00 AM

No Finish on it ? Damn !That is an awesome color for Maple….I wonder what was in the ground where it stood for all those years ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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