|Project by jonasramus||posted 01-04-2012 03:30 PM||1300 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
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