Kitchen Stool

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Project by dat posted 06-05-2013 02:32 AM 1044 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a stool for my kitchen because the top shelves of my cabinets are very high and I am very short (5’7”)... so I made this my next wood shop project before I tackle something bigger.

The maple frame is built with half lap joints and I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to do a through tenon joint because I have never cut a mortise before in my life. I took me a couple of hours to chisel them out by hand. They aren’t perfect looking but they are sollid. The top is walnut with two maple stripes.

Finish—I wiped on 4 layers of min-wax oil based polyurethane finish mixed with mineral spirits.

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 08:07 AM

Nice job!
I think you’ll find it useful as a small table too if you sit on the floor at all.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 11:43 AM

very nice work!

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 01:36 PM

I think it looks great, I like the contrast of the different woods.

It looks to nice to stand on.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 01:37 PM

Beautiful stool,nice work.

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#5 posted 06-05-2013 01:39 PM

This is a nice clean stool with character. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 02:50 PM

Love the contrast of the top, very well done…

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#7 posted 06-05-2013 06:10 PM

Love it!

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#8 posted 06-05-2013 07:18 PM

That’s a beautiful stool.

-- Dave K.

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#9 posted 06-05-2013 10:03 PM

I am 5’ 7” and I am not short at all. Nice stool.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 06-07-2013 04:14 PM

That’s one good looking stool! Like the stripes design, great use of contrasting woods. It looks sturdy enough to do the job. Well done!

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