|Project by kryptix||posted 11-10-2016 10:31 PM||1734 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
Made this flip back step stool for my girls, and they’re really enjoying it. Unfortunately my joinery was a lot gappier than I anticipated because I’m an idiot.
This started out as 2 red oak boards I got at a garage sale, and a piece of what I’m thinking is sapele or african mahogany. I planed them all flat and designed it based on scaling up something from popular woodworking, but decided that rather than dowels, I’ll make it with wedged through tenons. Since I was getting the cross braces from off cuts from ripping the side pieces for the back brace, they were a bit small to look good if I cut a traditional 1/3 size mortise so I decided to just ignore cutting shoulders and to put the whole thing through as a tenon then wedge it. Unfortunately I forgot about that when sanding and so the fit ended up leaving something to be desired. The wedges solved that but I ended up putting in a decent amount of glue and saw dust (gorilla glue to expand) to fill the gap.
Back stop was shaped by ripping off a wedge with a hand saw and then a combination of chisel and spindle sander. Its got dados chiseled out to lock into the sides of the seat. Unfortunately I assembled a week after I milled and its twisted by about 1/8th. With felt pads on my 90 year old floors though it doesn’t rock.
A shelf project convinced me I needed a drill press, so the heart cut outs here were a result of having a drill press and wanting to test out my new carbide forstner bits from grizzly.
Used cut nails with big holes drilled through the seat to secure the seat, should account for wood movement (1/4 inch holes through the top).
I played around with the finish, the back rest was treated with baking soda for a nice aged look on the quartersawn wood, but baking soda was turning scrap from the seat yellow, so I went with vinegar and steel wool on the seat. Looks like I incorporated several more species in there now :).