Patron's Mid-Term - Answering the Challenge

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Project by Russel posted 09-08-2009 02:48 PM 2593 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little bit ago, David aka Patron issued a Mid-Term Challenge. In the challenge, the idea was to learn something new that would assist you in future projects. What we have here is flat wood.

There is a young lady at work is not quite as tall as the others. However, the top drawer of the file cabinet is higher than can be reached comfortably. Having watched her stand on her toes looking for the right file made me think that a small step stool would be most useful. So this one adds about 8 inches of height which should be plenty to allow her to more comfortably search the files.

It’s made of walnut with ash plugs. The board it came from was a tad twisted (it might have been a branch), but really pretty and I wanted to use it. So it needed to be, how you say, trued up.

I have a small Delta benchtop jointer that I’ve had little success with and figured I needed to learn how to use it. So, I took the walnut board and cut it to approximate lengths and workable widths and gave it the old college try. Taking my time, keeping the board consistently against the table allowed me to eventually get a flat surface. I was surprised that I didn’t end up with wedge. From there, the boards went nicely through my planer and, voila, 3/4 inch thick boards from twisted 1 inch rough stock. At this point, I said to myself, “Cool”.

The top is about 16 inches across and 7.5 inches deep. The feet are glued into a ‘V’ and supported with a cross piece that is glued and screwed. The stretcher is inserted into a dado on each end with hidden dowels keeping it secure. It’s quite solid and should do the job just fine.

The last picture is a small candy dispenser made from scraps. I kinda like Dove Chocolates and this was a good place to keep them.

From this mid-term I learned to use my jointer and not to waste scraps.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 02:51 PM

What did the young lady had to say about he step stool?

By the way you did a very good job.

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 02:59 PM

Nice looking stool and candy dispenser.

Even more so a wonderful thought.

I like the candy dispenser idea for my desk, what are the sizes?

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 02:59 PM

I like the small candy dispenser more than the stool,I am a candy lover LOL LOL

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 03:03 PM

way to go , russel !
these look great .
and stepping just beyond ,
and sharing the ups and downs ( lol ),
is what it’s all about .

i have left that challenge ,
find it’s own way around .

thanks for answering the call ,
you have learned , and so have we !

you can have some candy now ,
as one part of the reward !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 03:19 PM

man that is one cool stool

I remember the first few times i used a jointer man if i held that board any harder (just so i didnt chop of my fingers) my hands would fall of from the pressure

but after a while you become comfortable with their use and you produce flat and square pieces effortlessly

I feel your joy at learning this lesson



PS the candy jar is cool too

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 03:58 PM

good job russel

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 04:24 PM

Russel A great looking picnic table. Nice job. The candy disk is great also. Is the young lady going to keep it filled.

PS I want to see the seats for the picnic table later.

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

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 05:42 PM

Russel, I can see why you wanted to use that board. Made a good looking stool. She probably feels 10ft tall when she’s on that stool. Like the candy dish too.

-- John @

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 07:51 PM

Nicely done – great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 08:52 PM

Good looking stuff! The contrasting plugs really make the stool pop out!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 09-08-2009 10:54 PM

It is such a feeling when you try something and you find that you can do it.
Well done Russ. One small step for man one giant leap for you.
I too remember the first time I used the jointer successfully and also the first time I changed the knives and set them by eye and they worked.
Nice save on the timber and well executed joinery.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 09-09-2009 12:39 AM

you are alright,Russel ! really nice of you to make the step stool for your coworker … and the candy box is a good one too

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 09-09-2009 01:15 AM

Thanks folks. The stool turned out much better than I planned or expected and I almost want to keep it because it really is a pretty piece of walnut.

The candy dispenser was a whim and I think I may make a few more for office Christmas presents. It’s a good size to sit on a desk, 2.75 inches x 4 inches standing 7 inches tall. It’s perfect for odds and ends.

Again, thanks for the kind words.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 09-10-2009 10:09 PM

good work Russel I like the contrastng woods

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 09-11-2009 05:55 AM

Very unique stool design , Russel , and that Walnut is just gorgeous : ) I just might make one of those candy dispensers to sit right here on my computer desk !! Thanks for the great idea and the measurements as well : )

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

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