|Project by ytsejamr||posted 11-16-2009 06:27 PM||3886 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
I bought wood to make a second stool at the same time. Well after much frustration, both with the inlay and with the finish, I’m finally done with it.
The wood is goncala alves, sometimes known as tiger wood. It’s really heavy. The finish is Behlens Rock Hard varnish.
The inlays are my son’s silhouette and footprints and are tinted epoxy.
I made this for my wife, but something tells me my soon to be 2 year old will be using it too.
Now, let me tell you about my frustrations. Ugh! I ended up making a second set of steps. The bottom steps were not totally flat. I tried to joint them down, but ended up with steps that were too thin. The head inlay was probably my 5th attempt. I first tried it with maple . . . didn’t like it so I routed it out and tried epoxy. I didn’t make enough epoxy so I ended up with an inlay that had multiple tints and amount of air bubbles. So I routed that out and tried the inlay again. I got a good inlay that time but realized you could see through it and see the remnants of the maple inlay. Mad So I cut another step and tried the inlay again. Too many bubbles again, so I routed it out and finally got one that was good enough.
And then came the finish . . . .
What an ordeal. I’m pretty sure I’m never using rock hard varnish again. Let’s just say I tried spraying it. Tried putting it on with a brush. Tried wiping it on . . . Ugh. I ended up going with a foam brush. I lost count of how many times I sanded the finish off to start over. It’s just so glossy that any little imperfection shows.
Ok, enough rambling. I’m done with that thing. The wife and kid are free to beat the crap out of it . . . I don’t care.