Quick Stool

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Project by kenn posted 12-09-2013 06:50 PM 1848 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three days before she was scheduled to watch our grandson, my height challenged (that means short for those of you not familiar with the latest Political Correct lingo) wife informed me that reaching in the crib to lay down the king bruised her ribs. She would need a stool.

I committed to making it because the acronym SWMBO applies at my house just like yours. The request was for a 13” x 18” top and a 9” step. Since the request came in late, I didn’t want to wait for a panel glue up to get the width. It was either this piece of tiger maple in a 5’ length or a piece of mahogany that I have stashed away that is 10’ long. It sounds silly, but the tiger maple was my least wasteful option for a quick stool.

Simple lines, dovetailed joints, BLO followed by a wax finish, slight curve on the sides to make legs. I knocked it together in two days and an evening and made the deadline. Mostly done with hand tools although I did use my air sander at the end. I did clean it up and put the finish on the next week so it took ten days total…but she was standing on it when the king got laid down for his nap.

I requested that she keep it as her stool since if stays at his majesty’s house, I think it might transition into a toothbrushing and potty stool and I can’t bear the thought of that nice tiger maple being in the splatter zone. Gram agreed and doesn’t mind transporting the stool but my daughter is thinking hard on how to claim it.

It finished up being 12 1/2” x 18 1/8”, 9” high. I’m pleased with it, hope you like the story behind the project since that is what this quick stool means to me.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 12-09-2013 06:58 PM

Looks awesome, Ken!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#2 posted 12-09-2013 07:16 PM

Very clean looking. Nice job.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 12-09-2013 08:01 PM

Classic joinery, you can be proud of that one.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 12-09-2013 09:35 PM

Knock Out looking little bench, Ken! I really like that you made the dovetail tails exposed on the top. It really create a great visual pattern.

Mimi saw this (she also suffers from altitude deficiency) and I suspect one of these is in our future.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 12-09-2013 10:14 PM

Great looking stool and a great story.

Nice job on both.

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

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#6 posted 12-10-2013 01:14 AM

Superb workmanship!

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 12-10-2013 04:38 AM

Thanks for the kind words, we seem to have a lot of stools around our house but since I’m 6’ 3”, they are not for me. This one turned out nice. The figure looks great. I could have dyed it to bring it out more but it was a rush job. I like the natural wood, too.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 12-10-2013 05:37 AM

Nice work. My wife is 5’2”, and I have a 7,6 and 2 yo daughters. Needless to say, there is always a need for a good stool around here :)

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#9 posted 12-10-2013 11:16 AM

beautiful craftsmanship

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#10 posted 12-10-2013 12:02 PM

My wife tops out at almost 4’ 10”. I’m always reaching stuff for her, good she needs me for that … And making stools.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#11 posted 12-10-2013 02:53 PM

Hi Kenn: Great story behind this beautiful stool! By the looks of things, I think you’ve just found the perfect Xmas gift idea for His Majesty. Ten days tops to build another one … you’ve got plenty of time!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 12-10-2013 02:55 PM

That is a nice clean sturdy stool. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 12-10-2013 03:36 PM

Note: nothing quick about hand cut dovetails…!!!

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#14 posted 12-10-2013 04:53 PM

Great looking project. looks to be just the right height for that little guy to sit on!

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#15 posted 12-13-2013 03:19 PM

Happy grandkids, happy wife, happy Kenn – happy LJ’s.
And a fine work too.
Way to go.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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