|Project by TDog||posted 09-03-2012 04:13 AM||1780 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
The story…or “Stool Manifesto”
I had no idea this would end up this long when I started typing…enjoy…or not. It’s your time right :)
So I was helping my Uncle, a great professional woodworker, remodel museum display cases and a museum room at the Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora, Mississippi. We tore out about three old walls before framing up new ones. He said feel free to keep any of the old framing lumber you want. Well, of course I kept the 2×4s that were not split. Yes, they were covered in paneling nails from top to bottom, but that’s what claws on hammers are for. I got the lumber home, cleaned it up, (speed trials of course), and started “head scratchin” to see what we needed around the house that I could build out of this free wood. The best kind sometimes.
I was trying to help my 5 year old with something the other day and sat down on his “step stool” AKA pee pee potty with closeable llid. Well, of course the next thing I hear was a pop, snap, and crack. Ya the Pee Pee potty/stool was about give way. Hence, it was time for a “real” stool that any of us could use anytime around the house and not have to worry about crashing to the floor. So I surfed the internet for a great stool. In the end I opted for the “trestle style” design. I trimmed the boards down with the table saw. Then I planed them a bit for smoothness and appearance. The coolest part was finding the right angle to make sure the two legs came out much wider at the bottom for good support against wobbling. I am very clumsy. The result is the stool in the picture. I call it the Hercules Household Stool because the main feature i aimed for in its construction was stability. Obviously, you can tell a fine finish was not in mind…yet.
So after construction, I brought it in and me and my son gave it the “trampoline test.” You guessed it; we both got on it at the same time and jumped up and down in front of the bathroom mirror (silliness is relaxing, try it sometime) I was relieved that it never wobbled or flipped over or made so much as a peep under the weight. Just some 2×4s, a couple screws, wood glue, and a little joinery. The two legs are joined into dados cut in the glued up top. I block planed all the edges and ends to get rid of the sharp corners. It is very easy to customize and can be painted any color or stained. Carvings are also quite possible.
So far I have used it for sitting on to read bedtime Bible stories to my son; place towels and clothes on for showers etc in the bathroom, retrieved items on top of tall cabinets, brushed teeth and combed hair on it (my son), used it as a step for our dog to get up on the bed, and a couple other things. It’s simple and kinda ugly. Above all else, it’s useful. I’m not a professional furniture maker, maybe one day. But, I would call it “Furniture of Necessity.” I say this because I am looking forward to getting Christopher Schwarz’ book titled Furniture of Necessity. Many of his books, articles, and pieces have inspired and influenced my woodworking ideas. This stool actually has gotten the most buzz on my FaceBook Business Page Dunlap Woodworking. It’s more of a blog, so don’t expect an amazing professional marketing page if you check it out. It’s kind of a “WannaBeWoodworker) page. Hey we do this because we love it, right. Cannot wait to build my next piece of useful furniture. Keep reading the woodworking magazines and books of your choice and make some more shavings or saw dust or both. At last a shameless plug…Check out the Dunlap Woodworking Facebook Page…If you like it….”like it” If not, that’s ok, It’s kinda in the rough anyway, but hey…life happens right.
PS I found a ton of free furniture plans on Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking online. Check them out before you purchase any plans or books for projects. I know many of you don’t need plans, but they are there if needed.
Dunlap Woodworking Facebook Page
The Hercules Household Stool
Simple Sturdy and most of all free to build! :)
-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23