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Project by shelly_b posted 573 days ago 1023 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my first log project. I decided to start small and made my daughter a step stool. The top os walnut., the logs are cottonwood, i beleive. Since the walnut wa.s only about 1/2 in, i was worried bout the tenons being so close tto the edges of the endgrain. I made 3×3 in squares, routed a cove in them and put them so the grain was the opposite directions so the joint was beefed up a little. I ‘hrew a coat of shellac on it lastnight and i think i will leave it like this for a wk or 2 and see what happens since the logs are still wet.





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Roger

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#1 posted 573 days ago

A very nice build. Should be very strong with those fine through tenons. Nice wood combo as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 573 days ago

I like this a lot a way cool design and a very good build ,great job shelly

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 573 days ago

Is this the wood you were asking about a few weeks ago because it was still green? I’ll be curious to know if it moves or splits on you.

Cute little stool. If she hasnt already I’m sure your little girl will claim it as MINE soon enough! :-) Nice job

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shelly_b

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#4 posted 573 days ago

thank you:) yup, this is the one! i am holding off on putting alot of finish on it just incase it cracks and i have to start over. i think i will give it a couple weeks and see what happens. yes, she is already asking me to step on it but it had been in clamps and then didn’t want little muddy foot prints on it before a finish was on it…so i think i will let her try it out tonight! The first step actually changed from the original design i had planned. I was going to made the step go back into dados in the logs on the top step, and have the 1st step tenons in the front corners..if that makes any sense lol. Basically I drew it up to have the bottom step moved back a few inches. I didn’t have any boards that were wide enough, so i was holding it there trying to figure out how to do it, i moved it to where it is now so it wouldn’t fall if i let go, and “duh!” just put the tenons in the center of the step! thanks for your comments:)

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Brandon

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#5 posted 573 days ago

Nice! I am generally not a huge fan of log furniture, but I do like your combination of straight edges and logs. How did you shape the tenons? Draw knife? Spoke shave?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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mariva57

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#6 posted 573 days ago

Congratulations, great contrast of the white circles with
walnut.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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shelly_b

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#7 posted 573 days ago

Thank you:) I peeled the logs with a draw knife(I cut the tree down 3-4wks ago behind our house) and I shaped the tenons with lumberjack tenon cutters, the big pencile sharpeners! I took the plunge and bought a few b/c I would like to do alot more log furniture.

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whitebeast88

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#8 posted 573 days ago

beautiful stool,you did a great job.love the contrast of two woods.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 570 days ago

This is so beautiful, love the log and walnut combo. Like the big tenons and finish. Way to go Mom!

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shelly_b

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#10 posted 569 days ago

thanks:)

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cosmicturner

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#11 posted 558 days ago

Nice step stool and great pictures especially seeing your daughter in the shop with you…lucky woman you are!

-- Cosmicturner

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hoss12992

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#12 posted 517 days ago

Cool project. Great job.

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Don Kriner

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#13 posted 447 days ago

I like this! It looks like your really doing great in your woodwork. Keep up the good work. and …. be safe!

-- Don Kriner

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shelly_b

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#14 posted 444 days ago

Thanks guys! None of the wood has cracked yet like I was worried with it being wet, so I am going to put the rest of the finish on it whenever I get the chance…lol so it may stay with only shellac for a while longer!

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