Training Toilet with Flower Inlay

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Project by jonasramus posted 01-04-2012 03:30 PM 1513 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an oak training toilet I built for my daughter. It is made of red oak with a flower inlay of purple heart, yellow heart, and paduk. The inspiration (and tutelage) for the inlay comes squarely from Marc Spagnuolo at The Woodwhisperer.

While I confess that I bought the oak from a big-box retailer, I was very particular about the boards I chose. I spent a lot of time rejecting flat sawn boards, choosing only those that were rift sawn. I also tried very hard to match grain color.

I did make one huge mistake that I’m still kicking myself over. After making sure I designed the seat with the grain running vertically on all four sides of the chair (to ensure I avoided cross-grain problems), I doweled and glued horizontal strips into the side panel to hold in the stainless steel bowl I bought. (You can see the error in my third picture.) The chair has been in use for a year now, and it has not split yet. Hopefully the rift-sawn design, the finish, and the fact that it is in a house with a relatively stable climate will all conspire to avoid catastrophic failure.

I used Shellac on this project, against my better judgement. Given the nature of this chair’s job responsibilities, it seemed dangerous to use a product that was not impervious to water. However, I put many coats on the seat (I think seven or eight?) and four of five everywhere else. We are also careful to wipe off any spillage during use, so it seems like it is holding up well.

I also placed small leveling feet on the underside to ensure that the chair does not sit directly on the bathroom floor, which can often get quite a bit of water on it.

In all, I’m very pleased. I hope it survives long enough to be used by my grandchildren and their children.

-- Jeff, Deltona Florida

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 04:43 PM

Great job and idea!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 01-04-2012 05:05 PM

Hey, has anyone seen the dogs water bowl???

The chair looks great Jeff. I don’t think you made a mistake by running those strips horizontally, that should give you a greater support by doing so and it doesn’t take away from the appearance. It should stand the test of time and provide moments of relief for many grandchildren…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 05:53 PM

Super job , reminds me of the days when you could only make a training toilet and not buy one.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 09:01 PM

From my initial searches it appears that you may be the founding builder of minature or “toy” toilets on the site
So its something you can also be justly proud of!!

-- Regards Rob

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