First project -- Shaker stool

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Project by thezenker posted 04-23-2013 07:13 AM 2521 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a really fun first project, I found this in Fine Woodworking’s Basic Skills special issue and thought it looked like something I could actually, maybe, finish and not have it fall apart. A deceptive little project, there is quite a bit of joinery going on here, for a noob anyway.

The bench is made of white pine, an old 1×12 board that had been in my basement since some shelving project years back. The parts were cut to size on my table saw. After that is was all hand tools. Definitely need more practice planing boards straight and cutting dadoes by hand with a chisel. The through tenons are wedged with some spare bits of cherry I bummed off my father-in-law. The finish is just two coats of General Finishes Outdoor Oil. I was going for rustic, or at least figured that is what would come out the other end anyway. ;-)

So, it took me a month of Sunday’s, but it was the most fun I’ve had using tools in a long time.

-- Andreas, New York State

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 07:40 AM

Well, it looks good! How is that outdoor oil? Does it dry to a hard finish?

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 09:19 AM

Looking good, should serve you well.

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 10:00 AM

First project you say? Very nice – I like the design and execution! Keep up the good work.

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 10:19 AM

Welcome to LJs. This first project came out very well, the joinery looks nice and tight. Enjoy your newfound skills.

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 12:53 PM

A beautiful design and you did a great job on the joinery. I like this a LOT !

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 02:22 PM

Well done zenker. Very cool.

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 02:38 PM

Andreas looks good especially for he first project
Look forward to your future projects

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 02:40 PM

I read that article introducing this piece, and it looks like fun. It’s definitely a good one to get some practice on joinery. You did a good job, be proud!

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 02:51 PM

Looks great. I don’t know that I could have tried those joints on my first project.
Wait… I still haven’t tried those joints… Lol!
Look forward to seeking more projects

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#10 posted 04-23-2013 04:55 PM

Looks great. I have that book and need to do this stool but have too many projects backed up to get to it.

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#11 posted 04-23-2013 05:15 PM

This looks like a nice piece to test your practical joinery skills. You did a fine job. Welcome to LJs.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 04-23-2013 05:27 PM

thanks for the nice comments.
thejosh: the Outdoor Oil is completely penetrating, doesn’t leave a film. So will not protect too much, but this stool will be on a covered porch in the warmer months, so it should weather ok. I have used the oil on a teak bench we purchased. We put a coat on in the spring and in the fall and so far it is weathering nicely. Of course: white pine is not teak, maybe next time.

-- Andreas, New York State

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#13 posted 04-23-2013 05:54 PM

Nice work. Looks attractive and solid. I love the bullseye look of the grain at the edge of the top.

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#14 posted 04-23-2013 05:55 PM

I like the design, and you did a good start…

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#15 posted 04-23-2013 07:36 PM

You’ve clearly got the ability. Strong work.

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