Stool for Yaz

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Project by KnickKnack posted 08-06-2009 05:49 PM 1598 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this outdoor stool for a friend of mine, Yaz, whose current stool is a tad larger than the size of a postage stamp.
I did my best ever two circular saw cuts at 5 degrees (the angle chosen for the legs of this stool), only to discover I’d done them inwards instead of outwards. Doh! Needless to say the replacement cuts weren’t quite as good. Still, no matter, ever onwards. All went reasonably wall until glue up time – the glue gods really don’t like me – dry fit – fine, dry fit – fine, dry fit – fine – apply glue – not fine! Clamping was a pain since nothing’s at right angles, it’s 45 degrees (of the heat variety) in the garage and it isn’t fitting – beautifully sanded surfaces now covered in sweat.
Still – judicious use of the mallet (which is always to hand for just such occasions) and I managed to get it together.
It’s 43×34x50 high (17”x13”x20” high in foreign money), and solid, which is the main thing – time will tell how the weather treats it.
Beech, oil/varnish/turps finish.

Criticize, enjoy, giggle – your choice :-)

-- "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 08-06-2009 07:39 PM

That looks great.

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#2 posted 08-06-2009 07:52 PM

I like the appearance…looks great. What was the percentages combination of the finish that you used? Are you happy with the end product?

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#3 posted 08-06-2009 08:16 PM

“What was the percentages combination of the finish that you used?”

I start with oil:turps about 1:2 and a little varnish and put on as much as I can – it soaks it up very fast, and wipe it off. Then I add some more varnish to the mix and maybe some more turps. Over about 6 coats I reckon I end up at about oil:varnish:turps at about 1:5:5.

Bear in mind that I “know nothing” – maybe that’s a recipe for disaster, but it seems to work for me.

As for happy, I’m not sure – it’s “fit for purpose”, which is the main thing, but, if you look at it close up, you realise that I’m an amateur who’s still almost on the starting line, so that doesn’t make me happy.

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

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 01:22 AM

Looks good from here!

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

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 07:52 AM

Very nice stool. Nice design and finish. Great build.

Keep it up.


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