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Project by SSMDad posted 09-10-2011 02:42 AM 1928 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Aside from a few turnings and the ugly but now very functional router table, this is my first “real” project so to speak. My son is 2 1/2 and he likes to do things like brushing teeth and getting water on his own but is not quite tall enough yet to clear the edge of the sink.

So I made him this little stool. The top is sapele and the sides are purpleheart. Simple (though not exact) mortise and tenon joints for the legs (my first attempt at m&t). Sealed with shellac, then a good sanding, a coat of BLO, some more sanding and drying time. Then 3 coats of danish oil moving from 220 to 400 grit sanding for the final.

He’s happy with it and just went running to the kitchen with it so he could get a cup of water. That makes it all worthwhile plus it was fun and a good learning experience for me. I’ll probably put on a wider bottom just to negate the possibility of tipover but as it is I’ve told him when he’s standing on it his feet have to hide the purple so he’s good and centered. :)

Thanks for looking.

Oh and this evening, he used the lathe for the first time with standing against me holding onto the roughing gouge. He had so much fun!

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 03:15 AM

An Heirloom if you can keep it around for the next 50 years. Your boy certainly seems thrilled with it. It looks stout enough that he can give it to his son.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 04:12 AM

Very nice!!!! And sturdy looking too!!!! If you made a small router plate for the center, then you could use this as a portable router table?!? LOL, Just joking!!!

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

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 05:01 AM

Your granskids will love it ;-)) nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 09-10-2011 04:01 PM

Great job!! It will be around for generations.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 09-10-2011 04:19 PM

Nice looking stepstool.

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#6 posted 09-10-2011 07:30 PM

Thanks so much for your kind comments GFA, Tim, Topomaxsurvivor, Jack, and CJ. I appreciate you taking the time to look and write. :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#7 posted 09-12-2011 03:23 PM

He looks so wonderfully happy, I love that grin on his face.
That is a really fine stool you have made there, and now he can brush the teeths of that wonderful smile and see what he is doing.
Your son have reasons to be proud of his daddy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 09-14-2011 02:47 AM

A fine stool. Stand to brush your teeth, sit down to tie your shoes (a little later), put the checkerboard on to play with your dad (much later). So many uses.
I still have the stool my dad made 55 years ago and it became the pattern for my very first project for my daughter. Wood history is the best history. Nice going.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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