Nursing/Step Stool

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Project by AdamNeri posted 08-03-2011 08:10 PM 1690 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this a few years ago as one of my fist projects. I had done mostly rough carpentry up until this point. We had been shopping for nursery furniture for our first child and I was outraged the the $100 price tag on this tiny nursing stool, so i decided to build this one myself. I had know idea what I was doing and assembled this select pine using glue and brads and finished with Polyshades, with which I was very disappointed. I only had a circular saw and router at the time.

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 08:46 PM

That’s is an awesome stool. You did a great job. I like the color of the stain and slated wood for the top.

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 09:28 PM

Finishing pine can be a huge pain in the backside. I avoid pine like the plague. That being said, your craftsmanship seems very good for a circular saw and router. With experience, ( & more tools, we ALL collect them. they just kind of seem to appear in my shop. I’m not really sure where they come from… you’ll get better results. Thing is though, I’m not really sure if I know anyone who is ever really satisfied with their finish work. I never am. My wife keeps telling me “no one will see it!”. but you know, I know where every bad spot on the finish of a project is.
keep sawing!

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 10:04 PM

Nice job with limited tools. I once made a bookcase with dadoes using a circular saw and a sander. Next purchase for you may be a small table saw i.e. Dewalt, Bosch, Makita.

Keep posting your projects!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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Tim Kindrick

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#4 posted 08-03-2011 11:13 PM

As you’ve proved, you can do a lot with just a circular saw and a router. Nice job!!! Can’t wait to see what you’ll build once you get a table saw!!!!!!!!

Like the others said, nice job of finishing pine!! It can be aq pain but it came out great!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 01:30 AM

That is a very nice stool- great design…and only with a circular saw and router. How did you cut the curves?

What did you find a problem with the Polyshades?

Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 08-04-2011 05:03 PM

Thanks. I have to say that I have grown my shop over the past few years. I have added a entry level table saw, drill press, jig saw, and several other tools. I am just playing catchup on here with some projects.

Jim, I traced some curves using different things, like a paint can for the bottom curves, and a flexed metal ruler for the others. I used a coping saw to slowly rough it out, which wasn’t fun, and then used double sided tape to connect the two legs. Then i just sanded the hell out of them for what seemed to be about two days until I was satisfied with the curve. Then I rounded over all edges with the router. The two side handles were the cutout scraps from the bottom of the legs.

As for the PolyShades, it took so many coats and still didn’t get to the color I was going for. I brushed on about 12 coats, using .0000 steel wool in between coats. I was hoping for a couple shades darker but gave up. I haven’t used it since and probably won’t use it ever again. It didn’t really save me any time, which was the reason I bought it in the first place. Thanks, again.

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 05:42 PM

Nice looking stool, Yes pine has it’s problems and advantages, You did a great job with the tools you had available, and the finish looks good from here, tools are ONE BIG TOPIC here, great to see Your work, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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