|Project by spunwood||posted 10-24-2010 02:06 AM||3298 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
I checked out a local dump and found some great huge pallets of what I later discovered to be poplar. They were a gray color when I found them. They belonged to a stage manufacturing company, and they let me take some. Perhaps I will visit again.
They sat for a while in the garage and eventually I began the prep process. I drill around the nails and attempt to pry them apart as carefully as possible with headphones, mallet, prybar and drill. It is pretty labor intensive, satisfying work.
They have been sitting in the garage for a while. But recently our three year old has begun to show interest in the potty. Suddenly, I felt it imperative to build a stool so that he might wash his hands and also possibly place the potty seat on the commode.
Also, more importantly, I was overwhelmed by a project which suddenly had become much more intimidating, so I guess I thought a quick success would be a good ticket.
I leaned a little too far on the “quick” part and ended up rushing in ways that were both unenjoyable and unsafe:
-Twice, I cut through a naill in a board which I forgot to pass through the metal detector I borrowed from the inlaws.
-once I ruined a piece by cutting it wrong through sheer carelessness.
-once, while checking the table saw blade for damage, I touched the on swith instead of removing the safety key and actually flicked my nail with the blade as it spun to a start. Thank God. I only had a slight scratch on my nail, not a cut or wound. What in the world was I thinking.
Finally, when I realized I was ruining the fun and tempting the fates. I was able to step back and relax.
In the end, I am very happy with the stool. The finish which Stephanie kindly applied was a clear coat. I wish it hadn’t darkened the stool (do they all do this?) but now believe to be quite attractive. Also, I would have spent more time on sanding and scraping if I had know the flaws would be so obvious. I do like the nail marks left in the top. It is all joined with nails and glue. Boy is it hard to sink a nail unless you pre-drill and use a big enough drill bit.
The pictures show: finished, unfinished…before assembly (with extra triangles for step), and a spalted piece of wood (I think).
And hey, free wood.
I can really identify with the saying someone has that says: Never let power tools know that you’re in a rush.
-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν