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Step Stool in QSWO

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Project by ajbergren posted 1275 days ago 1380 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Step Stool in QSWO based on Tommy Mac’s FWW article.

Hand cut dovetails and hand plane surface prep (no sandpaper allowed to touch wood in my shop!).

Made from a single board, joined in sequence. You can see on the left side-top step joint, a light streak in the wood carries across from the side to the top step. I really like joining wood in this fashion when possible!

Finish was fumed for ~4 hours, 2xBLO and lots of blonde shellac.





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B13

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#1 posted 1275 days ago

That’s one of the best looking step stools I’ve seen. could you explain a little more about the finish? thanks!

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twokidsnosleep

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#2 posted 1275 days ago

Yes, it is real purdy
Loving the grain patterns and dovetails

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

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#3 posted 1274 days ago

Nice job, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Vasko

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#4 posted 1274 days ago

Very nice! I love the detail in having a continuous grain pattern.

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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#5 posted 1274 days ago

thats beautiful, it makes me want to make one

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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ajbergren

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#6 posted 1274 days ago

Thanks everyone!

Regarding the finish- I fumed the stool in a plastic tent that had a dish of 30% aqueous ammonia (purchased from a janitorial supply store). After about 4 hours, I removed it because the test pieces (off-cuts of the oak that were also in the tent) told me it was the colour I wanted. I just took a test piece out every hour or so and put a quick coat of BLO every hour or so. This is because when the oak is removed from the fuming chamber, it looks grey in colour, and the actual deep brown colour comes out nicely only after a coat of finish.

For the stool, I put two coats of BLO, and then when that dried, about 15-20 coats of 1 lbs cut blonde shellac.

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CanalboatJim

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#7 posted 1273 days ago

Very nice work. I love the finish. I’m going to have to try it. Thanks for posting.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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ajbergren

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#8 posted 1273 days ago

I should add that the 30% ammonia solution is quite dangerous. I am a chemist, so I know how to deal with it, but if you don’t, it is a MUST to find out before trying! Just the fumes from 30% aqueous ammonia can cause all kinds of damage, potentially including death.

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#9 posted 1271 days ago

Great step stool and you really nailed the color : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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