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Project by Peter5 posted 1362 days ago 1269 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a bed for a couple a while back, and was supposed to build night stands as well, but part way through the building process they changed their mind on the night stands. So they paid me in full, but I told them that I owed them another piece of furniture to make up the difference, and they eventually asked me to build a stool like this for their little boy. This is actually my second go-around, and I modified the design somewhat to incorporate dovetails (I used mortise and tenon the first time). Because my dovetail jig has limited width capacity (and because it’s difficult to find 1/2 inch walnut 12 inches wide) I cut two 6” pieces for the sides and dovetailed them before joining them and routing out the bottom cutout and handle cutouts. Once they were dovetailed I joined them, sanded them, and assembled the basic frame (minus the two steps and back panel). The steps are just glued on- no rabbit or miller dowels, just glue and clamps. Why? Because glue is strong, and it saved me a lot of time. The panel is joined with a rabbit. I applied 3 coats of walnut oil, applied with a foam brush, and three more coats of water-based polyurethane. It’s a really simple piece, and I built a few more so that I could have one for my boys and either sell the others or give them as gifts. My wife loves it, and who am I to argue with her?

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA http://www.furniturebypete.blogspot.com





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Splinterman

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#1 posted 1362 days ago

Hey Pete,
Nice design and finish…welll done.

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DrewM

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#2 posted 1362 days ago

Good work on that, I’m sure it will last a lifetime.

-- Drew, Delaware

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jim1953

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#3 posted 1362 days ago

Great Lookin Stool

-- Jim, Kentucky

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docholladay

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#4 posted 1362 days ago

Nice looking stool. I love the look of the walnut. It is one of my favorite woods to work with. Nothing feels quite like walnut when you run a hand plane across it.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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twokidsnosleep

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#5 posted 1362 days ago

Really smart looking stool.
Great joints, beautiful wood and grain use and solid design.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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wseand

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#6 posted 1362 days ago

Well they certainly got theirs moneys worth. Beautiful piece, and certainly don’t argue with the boss.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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workerinwood

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#7 posted 1362 days ago

Great job!! Nice design—love walnut.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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SuburbanDon

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#8 posted 1360 days ago

Nice job. Looks good.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 1360 days ago

That’s a nice stool. It looks really good and you did a great job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Hallmark

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#10 posted 1360 days ago

Real nice, great choice of wood.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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