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I had enough salvage and scrap lumber in my shop to make something and I thought a foot stool for our daughter would make a good project. One problem was that my 1” thick white oak board was in pretty sad shape…it was really warped and looked like it was cut with a chainsaw at the mill and it was heavily weathered. I cut the oak down the center and flipped one of the pieces over then joined the two sections together. I then sawed the top and bottom for an overall thickness of 3/4” to eliminate the worst of the warp. The rest I had to take out with my plane and sander. I then added pine ends and sides as extensions to give it some more size. The rails under the top are joined to the legs with half-rabbet, the legs started out as solid pieces but the warp made it impossible to work on so I changed them to a square ‘U’ shape joined to the top with through mortises and tenons. I sculpted the top and the underside using my sander. I couldn’t get out all of the mill cut scars and my explanation is that they add character! All cuts and joints were made by hand.

-- 'The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.' - Chaucer





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iamcliff

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#1 posted 668 days ago

I think it looks really cool. I like the contour of the top. Good job.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Ben Simms

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#2 posted 667 days ago

I like it! nice work.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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ohwoodeye

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#3 posted 667 days ago

Did you taper the ends just so the person using it goes sliding off?????

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Smallcrafter

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#4 posted 664 days ago

Thanks, Guys! And, no, I didn’t taper the ends so that someone would slide off (I have to say that for liability reasons) but it sure would be funny to watch! I still struggle with accuracy in my hand cuts and overall cleanliness which puts a less-than-craftsman look upon closer inspection. Being a novice I have to constantly focus on every detail of the process at hand and THINK! There is no such thing as just going through the motions in this craft. I have a long way to go, but I can’t get to that place without constantly learning. Patience, patience!

-- 'The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.' - Chaucer

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