|Project by DragonLady||posted 01-01-2011 03:50 AM||2503 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
Small project, but learned a lot of things.
For some reason or another, I often find myself sitting on the floor of my shop. Which is in the basement, and sitting on cold, sawdusty concrete is not my idea of a good time. So I made this step stool to sit on. At 7 1/2 inches high, it should still get me low enough to work on floor level stuff, yet keep my bum from becoming flat and cold :)
I’m still VERY new, so this only my 4th major project or so.
First time doing these things:
1. Cutting out shapes on my bandsaw
2. using my 4×36 belt/disc sander
3. using a roundover bit
4. counterboring and plugging screw holes
5. using any type of clear finish, which was wipe on poly in this case
Things I learned:
1. the bandsaw is awesome, see my icon :)
2. Stack-sawing parts is also awesome
3. how to change the belt on the sander (I bought it used, no manual, and no longer supported by WMH for online manuals)
4. I tend to go too slow on the router table. I got better results using the roundover bit when I moved the pieces around faster.
5. I’m not a fan of finishing…takes too long, and I don’t really like sanding all that much.
6. Need to be more careful when I’m counterboring holes, see the last pic. Only a couple of my plugs came out really nice and smooth.
7. Remember to put ALL the notes on the pattern. I remembered at the last minute to put the bevel on the top of the legs, but forgot the bottom. Have marked the pattern part for future reference.
Got the pattern/plan here. Except that I didn’t do pocket holes, I screwed from the top.
The third coat of wipe-on poly is drying right now, and I don’t think I really like it. But it’s just shop furniture, so it will do. I do like the shape of the step stool, though. I think it’s rather cute.
-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!