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Project by Eric posted 2091 days ago 4107 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy found a mattress “pallet” (pine?) from an Ikea bed (see the pic here) discarded on the side of the road, and passed it on to me. I was happy to take the opportunity to make something out of a wood that wasn’t a tropical hardwood (about all I can find here that’s reasonably priced). The wedges for the tenons are from scrap hardwood that came off an old cabinet.

So here it is. This one was a “speedy” project, only taking me about 40 days as opposed to six months for my last one. The stool was made entirely with hand tools. I finished the box with a couple coats of BLO/varnish/spirits, followed by a couple more coats of varnish/spirits. You can read about the building of this stool in my blog series here on LumberJocks.

I in no way expect to come close to winning the “One Man’s Junk” contest, but I am very proud to have come so far as to actually have an entry! As all the Miss America losing contestants say, “It’s just an honor to be here.”

Tools used: ryoba saw, coping saw, Stanley #4 plane, spokeshave, cabinet scraper, chisels, combination square, and a carving chisel (to accentuate the lines in between boards).

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com





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Russel

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#1 posted 2091 days ago

That’s a pretty cool stool. The dovetails and wedged tenons add nice detail to the simple lines.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2091 days ago

This turned out pretty nice, Eric. You have a nice entry into the contest as well.

Well done. By the way it looks as if you have a satisfied client. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2091 days ago

A beautiful stool for a beautiful little girl.

A very nice finish, & great craftsmanship.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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trifern

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#4 posted 2091 days ago

Nice build Eric and thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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teenagewoodworker

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#5 posted 2091 days ago

looks great Eric! thanks for the post

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 2091 days ago

that thing just looks NICE! can’t imagine this coming out of a pallet…!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Eric

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#7 posted 2091 days ago

Here’s what the wood came from:

Mattress Pallet

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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Dominic Vanacora

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#8 posted 2091 days ago

Well here we go again, every time I look at the stool I make I’ll be thinking of your’s. Nice reuse of lumber and a great project and your child will have it until the end of time. I hope you signed it. This will be around for a long long time. Very nice.
PS
Did you have to make it all with hand tools. Now I really feel bad.
Oh well some of us have it and some don’t.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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ChicoWoodnut

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#9 posted 2091 days ago

You definitely have it Eric!

Nice job on a fun looking project.

BTW, I think Im going on close to a year on my current project LOL. Plus 17 blog entries.

But once I am done figuring out all the design elements I’ll have them tucked under my belt for my next project.

Thanks

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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SteveKorz

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#10 posted 2091 days ago

Very nice Eric!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Paul

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#11 posted 2091 days ago

Looks great! Clean lines, excellent joinery. I’m sure your stool will last for a long time.

-- Paul, Texas

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 2090 days ago

Very nice project, you did very good. Be proud. The little girl looks like she is.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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motthunter

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#13 posted 2090 days ago

love it when trash becomes treasure

-- making sawdust....

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RobS

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#14 posted 2090 days ago

Nice Eric! I enjoyed the journey. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Dorje

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#15 posted 2090 days ago

This came out great Eric! Your handcut joinery looks sharp!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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