|Project by kenn||posted 1521 days ago||3497 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
This is a stool made from tiger maple for my son, Michael. I wanted to learn how to work the heavily figured tiger maple because I have bought a lot of it to make Michael several pieces of furniture. This project appealed to me as a good start. I followed Tommy McDonald’s plans, podcasts, Fine Woodworking article and website for the design – here’s a link http://www.tchisel.com/step-stool.html and want to give him the appropriate credit. Thanks Tommy. The finish is a multi step process starting with medium brown dye stain sanded down, followed by amber dye stain sanded down and finished with early american wood stain, all were General Finished products from Woodcraft. I then put a coat of BLO on and followed with Garnetlac Shellac until I was satisfied.
The tiger maple takes sharp blades, fine cuts and patience. I’ve added a low angle #4 plane, also called a #164, and a toothed blade for my #5 plane to my arsenal to help deal with it. I did have some tear out but was able to handle it by the time I got to the end of this project. That makes this a success for me since the main purpose was learning the wood while making something useful.
I like the subtle curves on the front cleats and the overall dimensions. It has a good look and proportion to it. I think the next one I am making will have thinner pins and I’ll lower the rear cleat to 1/3 of the height instead of 1/2.
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