|Project by groovy_man_6||posted 07-12-2011 04:41 AM||1906 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
One of my very first woodworking projects which has special meaning for me…. I came home one day from work and my 80-year old woodworking mentor, Hal, had hand drawn plans for a step stool (on graph paper) that would teach me a bunch of different woodworking techniques. He said, “we’re going to make this! how bout it?”—I was really excited to start building things in the shop… so we went downstairs to his shop (I didn’t have one yet) and we started to build it. I was so lucky to have him for those couple years. It’s made out of rock maple and uses dowel joinery. I liked Hal’s design, especially the little carrying handle in the top.
Finish: To get maple that nice dark color, I stained it first with a non-pore filling aniline dye (dark brown) followed by traditional stain. Then a couple coats of Minwax fake Tung Oil.
My daughter uses it all the time and refers to it as “my stool”.