|Project by Mark A. DeCou||posted 06-18-2007 09:06 PM||4285 views||2 times favorited||33 comments|
I had a good time last week crafting a small stool to be used in our church’s Vacation Bible School program. We used a Western Theme, which fit well with the ranch community here in the Kansas Flinthill’s area, largely a ranching community with lots of pasture, open prairie and grazing cattle on every hill.
All of us VBS volunteers had a good time, entertained about 50 kids, and taught them about God and as much as we could about what the Bible teaches about Him in just a week’s worth of evenings. I made some other prop items, and will post them as separate projects.
After the final program on Sunday, we had an auction and sold all of the props and left over supplies to support next year’s VBS program. I was pleased that my little stool was sold to the Pastor’s mother-in-law who lives in Wichita for a $90 donation, more than I thought it would bring.
I took some inspiration from George & Mira Nakashima’s work, a little John Gallis from Cody, WY, a little bit of Molesworth, some Daniel Mack, and some other rustic work I have seen here on Lumberjocks.
I started with long logs of Western Red Cedar. Then, cleaned out the ant nests, the wood bees, the pack rat nests, stripped the bark, and then split the log with my new chainsaw, a Stihl 250C. After splitting the logs in half with the chainsaw, I jointed one face, and planed the other parallel to make the wood for the seat.
I used my Legacy Ornamental Mill to turn the 1-1/4” diameter round tenons on the top end of the legs, and drilled the holes in the seat bottom with a Ship Auger worm bit and my Makita cordless 18V Lithium Ion drill. Next time, I will get a heavier duty slow speed drill, but my Makita worked for this stool. I wouldn’t want to put this high dollar cordless drill to this much effort every day.
Thanks for looking,
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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.
- Arts & Crafts Entry Table; with Carved Oak Leaves
- Arts & Crafts Orchid Stand w/ Wine Bottle Storage
- Arts & Crafts Style Morris Inspired Chairs
- Arts & Crafts Display Top Coffee Table
- Arts & Crafts Style Inspired End Table Set
- Arts & Crafts Style Inspired Prairie Couch
- Table Lamps
- Arts & Crafts Carved Entertainment Center
- Mission Entertainment Center
- Carved Communion Table
- Carved Roll Top Sound Equipment Cabinet
- Fancy Church Side Altars
- Processional Cross
- Fancy Speaker's Lectern
- Church Hymn Number Board
- Communion Chalice (Cup) and Paten
- Sam Maloof Inspired Walnut Rocker
- Original Art Carved Tilt Front Desk, inspired by Birger Sandzen
- Natural Edge; Nakashima Inspired Coffee Table
- Decoratively Painted Box End Tables
- Birch China Cabinet for Cut Glass Collection
- Naughty (Knotty) Refined Rustic White Oak & Black Walnut China Hutch
- A Kansa Indian and Buffalo Accent Art-Chair
- Refined Rustic Dining Chairs
- Refined Rustic Dining Table
- Cowboy-Western Style Suitcase/Luggage Support Racks
- Fun With Cedar Logs #1; Sitting Stool
- Fun With Cedar Logs #2; Coat/Hat/Spur Rack
- Fun With Cedar Logs #3; Western Style Hat/Coat Rack
- Fun With Cedar Logs #4; Entryway Stool
- Kennebunkport Style Adirondack Chair
- Outdoor Garden Wedding Arbor
- Outdoor Project: Cedar Wood Double Settee
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com