Custom Kids Stool

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 08-24-2016 07:37 PM 1183 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project required use of my CNC router, router table, table saw, belt sander, and drill press.

First I cut two 1×8 poplar blanks to about 15” long, and used my CNC router to put a 1.5” radius on the corners. That could have been done much more quickly with a scroll saw or bandsaw, but I have neither, and you can’t beat the CNC router for precision.

Then I used the CNC router to engrave the child’s name in one of the blanks using a 60-degree V-bitand an array of “classic” Pooh characters using a 30-degree engraving bit.

Next, I angled my drill press table to 12 degrees and used a 1-1/4 hole saw to drill 4 holes in the non-engraved blank, carefully angled outward.

I then used the tablesaw to cut 4 pieces of 1-1/4 oak dowel to length with 12-degree ends, then put a saw kerf in one end of each to receive a wedge.

I used a roundover bit on the router table to treat the appropriate edges of the blanks. At this point I had basically assembled a glue-ready “kit”, and photographed all the parts lying in my crosscut sled.

Next, I inserted the legs, wedged them as shown (plus glue), then glued on the top blank.

Once this was cured I used the belt sander to flush up the edges.

I applied sealer and two coats of polyurethane before filling the engravings with acrylic paint. Another coat of polyurethane to protect the paint and it’s all set!

(Of course, one leg came up about 0.006” short so I used a hand plane to create some shimstock, which I glued to the end of the leg.)

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 07:44 PM

Love it!

Thank you for the detailed write up, I may have to copy for my nephew’s birthday.

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 08:13 PM

Thank you for sharing! I’ve been thinking of making a stool for my daughter for a while now. Your details will really help when it comes time to make a stool.

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#3 posted 08-27-2016 01:56 AM

Nice job!

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#4 posted 10-01-2016 12:11 PM



-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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