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Project by john2005 posted 10-07-2013 12:34 AM 1517 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So heres the rules:
1 Use only the wood from one pallet (bear in mind that 99% of pallets around here are pine)
2 Make 2 stools for the kid. Have to be sturdy and safe
3 Make the one store in the other
4 Use at least one new joinery technique

How I did:
1 Passed with flying colors. I stumbled upon a pallet that had oak slats on the top, and 1 of the 3 stretchers was cherry. (the others were Pine)
2 Passed. I can stand on them, they don’t flex or creak and mama said they were pretty stable. (probably due to the 5 degree angles on the legs
3 Mostly passed. It does store, but the original plan was that it would just pick up and slide in. Putting the lower in upside down was cause I didn’t draw out my plan first and that was the only way it would fit.
4 The wedged tenons I had used before, but I had done it the more traditional craftsman style where the wedge runs perpendicular to the tenon. This time I put the wedge in parallel. And despite appearances, the wedges are all maple. Just a scrap that I had around and had some weird coloring in it. The totally new one was the tusk tenon. Actually a lot easier and more effective than I had thought it would be.
Finish was also something new to me. I have used shellac and I have used poly but never have I used them together. I put 2 coats of shellac on to seal it, sanded, then went to 2 coats of spar poly sprayed. It is after all going to spend a lot of time in the bathroom.

Lastly, the “burn” look on the legs is from resawing the single cherry board in half. That is where the screws were

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#1 posted 10-07-2013 03:01 AM

Well done. Great looking project.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 04:32 PM

Both look good and well crafted. Like the joinery and the handles. Great job!

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 06:24 PM

Thanks guys, fun and simple.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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