Kids stool

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Project by shannonag posted 1242 days ago 2104 views 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stool was a first for me in the box joint department. I got the design and idea from the link below, another lumberjock, and used some leftover stock from making cutting boards. The top is sidegrain Hard Maple from 8/4 stock, and I cut strips to be 1” thick. The top measures 8”x13”. I used 4/4 stock Walnut for the legs which are 7” tall. I did use powertools and rushed the process so my stool is not nearly as impressive as the project below. I am posting this mostly to get some tips on using dado blades as I had a lot of chip-out which is on the underside of the stool (cleverly hidden…) out of view. I also wanted some tips on using box joints; as you can see from the pictures, each joint is a little different leaving unsightly gaps in places. I did check for warping before I cut the joints to match and everything was square. It could be my lame home made jig.

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#1 posted 1242 days ago

well done! I’m sure your kid will love it for a very long time. I really like the walnut wedges on the through tenon!

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#2 posted 1242 days ago

That is very well done. I am going to have to make one of these.

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#3 posted 1242 days ago

I really like the joinery on the stool .. the box joints and the wedged through tenon is a nice touch. Keep up the good work.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 1242 days ago

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 1242 days ago

shannonag—Am I correct in assuming you used a box-joint jig?

A backer board is a must for this kind of work … make sure the workpiece is solidly clamped to the jig with the backer board in between. Under most circumstances, that will eliminate tear-out. Another trick is to strike a line that matches the height of the cut across the grain on with a marking knife … that can also reduce chances of tear-out as it severs the grain at the point the blade will exit the piece.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 1242 days ago

I really like the style of this..wood selection, joinery and shape
Well done!

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

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#7 posted 1241 days ago

in addition to the backer board, make sure you also use a zero clearance insert. that might help too.

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Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 1241 days ago

Wow, nice eye candy! Cool Stool!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 1240 days ago

The Dane—Thanks for the advice, I had a backer board but now that I think about it, there was a cut in it larger than what I was cutting. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.
HokieMojo—Yes I definitely need a tighter insert.

Thanks for the encouragement everyone!

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Michelle C

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#10 posted 1234 days ago

That is just so adorable and cute..

sorry had a mom moment when I saw that.


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