|Project by Chris McDowell||posted 09-23-2012 09:08 PM||1188 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
I build the stool. My wife painted it. I added 3 coats of polycrylic (it’s what I already had) followed by a 4th coat on top. I sanded with 320 grit between each coat.
I made this stool as a baby shower gift. We gave it to the expecting couple today. They were excited.
This stool had a few firsts for me:
1. I used a jig saw to cut out the shapes of the legs.
2. All of the joints are mortise and tenon (something I wasn’t sure I’d be able to accomplish).
3. The polycrylic finish.
4. Used something other than pine (I used poplar).
Some things I learned:
1. Through tenons require you to mark both sides (I scrapped the first set of legs and stuck with normal tenons).
2. I need a spindle sander attachment for my drill press (sanding the curves was difficult).
3. I need more clamps.
4. I need some brushes or something for glue up (using your finger on mortises and tenons is messy).
I did the tenons on the table saw. I used the drill press to drill out most of waste for the mortises and then used a chisel to clean up.
I used poplar because it’s sold at the home store and I thought something better than pine would be nice since it’s a gift. I couldn’t afford anything more expensive, though (only other option was red oak which costs twice as much). It was nice not having any knots to worry about. There were pretty much no knots to be found in the poplar.
I had a great time building it. I was pumped when I got done with the mortises and tenons and had them all fitting. A couple came out a tad bit loose, but hey, it’s my first try and I can only get better. This was a great learning experience for me. I plan on improving on this stool for all of the other baby showers I’ll be making these for.