Foot stools

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Project by cheller posted 03-26-2007 06:42 PM 2410 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two foot stools I just finished construction on (although I do need to do some clean up on the ends of the dadoes. I haven’t decided what to use as finish yet. The construction is fairly simple, and is based on a plan I found probably 14 years ago (I don’t remember where it came from). These are the fifth and sixth of these I’ve made.

The lumber is primarily hickory which I bought on a whim a whim about 13 years ago, but had never used until I started these. The shorter of the two has walnut edges. It was originally going to be completely hickory but I miss cut one of the parts and didn’t have a piece of hickory with a close enough match so I decided to make the miss cut a design feature. The taller is all hickory – the stripe in the top is simply a darker piece.

The shelf is dadoed into the legs, and pinned from the bottom with pocket screws. The top is screwed to the legs and the screw holes are plugged with home-made plugs. On the taller stool the plugs are purposely darker than the field – another design feature that’s the result of not having a piece of wood that was a close enough match.

-- Chelle

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#1 posted 03-26-2007 06:48 PM

Wow, how did you store wood for 13 years without using it? I can not imagine holding off that long.

Nice foot stools Chelle.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 03-26-2007 07:02 PM

Bill, Bill, Bill. You have to let wood age, like a fine wine. I’ve got some cherry thats 30 years old (All in my possession). When you plane it, it’s still dark. None of this woosie pink cherry that you have to let age for 10 years to get a great tone on it.

Besides that I can find it. “I think”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-26-2007 07:05 PM

I would like to have old wood like that Karson, I just can not imagine storing it for so long. Until the last few years, I never had a place that I could store it. Then, I got into woodworking and would have used up any wood I had around.

One day I will have a storage place for that fine aged wood. Imagine, Oak, Cherry, Cedar, Maple all aged to perfection…

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 03-26-2007 07:08 PM

I didn’t intend to store it for that long. I just didn’t have the right project for it. I have quite a bit of storage between the shop, the garage and the storage room next to the shop so I have a lot of aged wood.

-- Chelle

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#5 posted 03-27-2007 02:10 AM

Nice work.

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#6 posted 03-27-2007 02:48 AM

Chelle, those are great foot stools. Don’t forget to let us see them once the finishing is done. I’d really like to see what happens to that hickory. Thanks for sharing!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 03-27-2007 03:14 AM

I have all sorts of art materials all the way back to grade school…technically it’s my daughters now. Ha.

I do have some special pieces of wood I’ve collected over the past year or two. I intend to use them soon, but wouldn’t be at all surprised to find them several years from now, still unused.

Nice stools. I have to make a couple, but I bet by the time I get them done we either won’t want our daughter to be able to reach such high places, or she’ll already be able to!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 03-27-2007 05:10 AM

The plugs give it the look of a doweled top, in fact I thought that you used dowels to attach the top of the bench until I read that they were homemade plugs. I like the one with the two lighter colored boards with the dark colored plugs.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 03-27-2007 07:48 AM

I am never gonna save nothin wood wise after seeing my buddies trailer full… Ill just have to make sure to take him gifts regularly…



-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#10 posted 03-27-2007 07:53 AM

I have never worked with hickory, but have heard that it is hard. Is that true? How was it?

Nice design.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 03-27-2007 05:23 PM

The hickory wasn’t that much different from oak to work with. The only thing I had trouble with was getting the end grain smooth. It took a lot more sanding than I expected. Everything else cutting, routing the edges went smoothly.

-- Chelle

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#12 posted 03-27-2007 06:14 PM

Very nice! The style and construction sort of reminds me of the photo display table I just made for my mother-in-law:

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 03-28-2007 01:39 AM

Do you have a low angle block plane? I understand that they are made to smooth end grain and that they do a great job at it. Anyone know if this would be a better option than sanding?

I don’t have one, but have used my drawknife at a scewed angle and have gotten go results on end grain.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 03-28-2007 04:52 PM

Hickory is a very open-pored wood, so… you really aren’t going to be able to get it as smooth and “solid” looking as a more close-pored wood, like cherry or a rosewood, for example.

My challenge with using a low angle block plane on the end-grain is in that last little bit on the end, where it wants to tear out the last bit. If you’re going to use the block plane, make sure to clamp a piece of scrap onto the end to prevent that.

Cheller, love the way you used the walnut strip! It looks like it was planned and adds a good bit of character to the piece! Necessity is the mother of invention – and creative design techniques!

-- Ethan,

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#15 posted 03-28-2007 06:53 PM

I don’t own a low angle block plane. The only planes I own are a cheap, HD purchased, block plane (might be a Stanley) and a very nice Record #5. The Record has been carefully tuned and sharpened although at the moment I’m not as happy with the edge on it as I’d like to be.

As for the walnut strip, you guys and my spouse are the only ones who will ever know that it was added to correct a mistake.

-- Chelle

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