Pair of stools

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Project by Tyler posted 07-07-2011 04:20 AM 1401 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these step stools for my two small boys (3 and 18 months). Now they can reach the sink to brush their teeth (kind of). I copied a design by Brandon. I really liked the design of the stool he made. I was originally going to go with walnut since its my favorite wood, but my local dealer had some nice curly cherry.

Finish is two coats of tung oil and 2 coats of wipe on poly. I got some good advice on finishing from a question I had posted. I went with the wipe on poly in an attempt to not have a “plasticy” finish. I think it turned out great. I do have quite a few micro scratches that I need to figure out why sanding to 400 grit didn’t take care of…

The third pic is of the simple template I made for the small arch. Simple I know, but it was my first time making and using a template.

Joinery is pocket screws. I’d like to get more complicated with my next projects – just to learn some new methods and be able to completely hide the joinery.

This was a project with a lot of firsts and I learned quite a bit. Hopefully, I can apply what I learned in my next projects and not make the same mistakes twice.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 02:54 PM

Nice work!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 07-15-2011 01:31 PM

These turned out very nice, Tyler! Beautiful wood choice too!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 09:28 AM

Sweet work Tyler! If I could offer a technique that is easy to master as well as being strong, it would be the sliding dovetail. Many people forget this simple but unbreakable joint. Keep up the wood working my brother!

-- A Family That Prays Together...Is A Family That Stays Together

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