|Project by Chris McDowell||posted 11-22-2013 11:54 PM||2184 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
I made this little step stool for my daughter. Actually I was wanting to build a project that would let me practice mortise and tenon joints. I also wanted something to try through tenons with. This stool has 14 mortise and tenon joints with 4 of those being through tenons. I also wanted to try SketchUp out. I ended up with this little stool.
I used an old 4×4 post I had for the legs; I just cut it up on the tablesaw. The spot I cut through had this brownish red streak which ended up on all 4 legs (the dark streaks you can see in the pictures). It doesn’t look too bad. I bought a piece of scrap pine for 50 cents out of the cull lumber rack at HD for the top. All of the other parts are from a 1×4 that I got for a couple of bucks also from HD.
I used a gel stain (aged oak color). I didn’t realize how messy gel stain could get. I wish I would have prestained everything before glue-up. It was so hard to get the stain out of all of the nooks and crannies, especially since this is such a small project. I finished it with 3 coats of wipe-on poly.
I hand chopped all of the mortises with a chisel & mallet and I cut the tenons on my table saw. The through tenons were only difficult because of how soft the pine was. It was hard not to dent the edges of the mortise on the show side. I tried to lever off of my finger, but nevertheless I did dent them a little and the stain got down in those little dents. I think in a harder wood it would not have been an issue. One day I will graduate to using nice wood for my projects.
My daughter likes it: