|Project by OutPutter||posted 10-01-2007 04:43 AM||1532 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
I made the first stool for my wife to use at church after her first back operation. That was the first stool project in Lumberjock speak. The first stool was even simpler than the second one being shown here. I made it out of lumber my nephew had left over from his job as a swing set installer. I think it was redwood. It was made like this one except it didn’t have a dado joint, just two screws on each side to form the letter “H”. Like this one, there is a low setting and a high setting achieved by turning the stool over. That way my wife is able to get some degree of flexability from a simple stool.
This stool is not used by my wife at church though. This one is used by my six year old daughter, Addie, who said “Oohh dad, can I have one too?” Well, I couldn’t say no but I knew she would have the lighter model I made for my wife in pieces in pretty short order. So, I decided I had seen Norm enough to figure out how to make a dado. Easy right? If you have a table saw, it’s easy. I only have a jig saw (a 1970 model I’ve had since childhood), circular saw (mid 1980s), cordless drill (2003), compound mitre saw (2005), and a router (2006). After racking my brain, I came up with a way to make the dado with my circular saw by clamping some plywood strips to the leg boards and nibbling away the wood.
The results are sturdy enough to hold a very active six year old. The finish is natural so Addie can decorate as she sees fit. The wood is 2×8 pine. I sanded all the splinters out and used the router to round over the edges as best I could.
I’m aware after spending dozens and dozens of hours looking at all the incredible projects here at Lumberjocks that this doesn’t amount to much. But, I’m posting it anyway. And I’m going to post the rest of the stools I’ve done too. The reason is that after reading so many comments for so many projects, I’ve yet to see any negative comments. Not even one. So, I’m going to record my work here in the hopes that I’ll grow and some day be able to look back and see improvement in my work. I may some day give others with beginner level skills the courage to post their work or at least continue to try.
Thanks for your time,