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Project by justgrif posted 12-05-2013 05:56 PM 2057 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year we moved into our current home. I began learning woodworking shortly after we were settled. We are lucky to have a large-ish master shower with two independently-controlled heads. It’s great. Right around the time we were planning on buying a shower stool from a kitchen and home store, a friend of mine gifted me several board feet of 6/4 teak that had been salvaged from a Japanese hot tub. So my first relatively serious woodworking project ever was a sturdy little teak shower stool.

I learned a lot while working on this project, including what a pain it can be to set up machine tools to do some simple tasks that would take minutes by hand. Perhaps my first tenons ever didn’t have to be angled, or perhaps I could have acquired a spokeshave to shape the top instead of basically sanding the crap out of it with 60-grit. Maybe, just maybe, teak is a terrible wood for a newbie to make mistakes on. At least it was free, and I do have some left over. Live and learn.

In the end, the little stool came out nicely, and it’s great to sit in a hot shower with both heads blasting hot water and steam after a long work day.





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#1 posted 12-05-2013 06:13 PM

Looks good. Not an easy wood to work with.

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 06:35 PM

Nice design
Used teak is wonderful to work with, the abrasive qualities never
seem as bad. It can fluff a bit though, a few good warm coats of
oil normally sort this though.
It is also nice on the butt.

Yours
Jamie

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justgrif

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 07:02 PM

It does fluff a bit indeed. I’ve gone back and resanded the top but I can never seem to get it smooth enough. I’ve been thinking of applying some oil for that exact purpose, plus it’ll pop the grain when it’s just sitting there not wet. I suppose a little oil could only help its water resistant properties.

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 09:24 PM

Grif yes Teak Oil but warm it a bit.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 01:56 AM

Very nice looking shower stool you’ve made there! I’m sure it’s a pleasure to use!

-- Dean

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 03:41 PM

Way to stay at it, looks great ready for many years of use!

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 09:40 PM

Looks nice…

-- Don Winner, Teak Sales, http://www.timbuktutimber.com

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#8 posted 03-01-2014 12:35 AM

Very nice stool. I just picked up some IPE to build something like this. Did you work from plans or just make it up as you go. If you have some plans I would love to get a copy.

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 04:07 PM

I think I made some initial sketches, but there were no official plans or anything. I basically just kept the broad idea in my head and made decisions on the details as I went. In the end, it became a bit of a sculpture project as I shaped the curves according to what felt right.

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