|Project by Maveric777||posted 05-13-2011 12:39 AM||4489 views||3 times favorited||22 comments|
I was asked by my good friends and neighbors if I would mind building their young son (and my little buddy) a step stool. They said “Nothing Fancy” just something to help him overcome his height disadvantage for things like reaching the sink and bathroom breaks. Well, I couldn’t turn down such a cool opportunity to build something special for my little friend.
I had the project on my mind while walking through the mill and found a beautiful piece of black walnut. I thought “Heck Yea!... lets make it nice!” Then I got to thinking that if I was going to make this stool from such dignified stock… It needs dignified joints as well. Then I got to thinking… If Im making dovetail joints… Why not hand cut hounds tooth dovetails? Then I got to thinking that this was not going to be an ordinary step stool…. I was in fact building my little friend an heirloom. So of course I had to inlay his name and a tractor (the boy flat out loves tractors) with nice curly maple.
I got in the middle of this project and started getting a few phone calls from folks asking if I could make more. As you can see… I did….lol. Now on the Parker and Jamisen stools I used my Leigh dovetail jig (yea I know… cheating right?...lol) for the joints instead of hand cutting them. I really enjoy cutting the joints by hand but I wanted to be efficient with my time on the other two.
All in all I am pretty tickled with these little jewels. I learned me some new techniques, played with some gorgeous lumber, and was able to create pieces that I hope one day will become very important to a few folks. Yea, I’m a sap… I really enjoy building meaningful stuff like this.
Thanks for checking them out…
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.