|Project by scoobydooo9r||posted 03-10-2014 04:56 AM||1662 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
Well, with all my talk about how good cedar looks, I thought I would post a better project to show a little better example of what I was talking about… not that the scarf rack doesn’t look ok, but this stool was actually planned out!
All of the major components are made of cedar, and I added some walnut trim to the fronts of the steps. Although it’s a nice design element, it actually serves a real purpose. This cedar is extremely soft. I swear it dents if you look at it funny. So, I wanted to provide a little extra protection for the fronts of the steps since they could see some knocks here and there.
I also pegged the tenons with walnut as well, and those legs aren’t going anywhere! The finish is Varathane semi gloss varnish. I wanted to give one of the home center brand varnishes a try just in case I need to get some in a pinch. I typically use General Finishes products for everything, but nobody carries it in town. After using this Varathane product, I’ll stick with GF from now on. It was super thin out of the can, but it tacked up quick without diluting it. Terrible. Arm R Seal works much better for me.
This project turned out to be quite a handful. The angles were actually pretty tricky for me – especially getting the legs to fit tight through the bottom step. It all turned out ok, but that was after a full scale mock up and some design changes along the way. All in all, I was pretty proud of this little stool, it felt like a pretty good accomplishment.
The project was a commission for a friend of my dad’s. He wanted a custom made stool for his wife. She originally picked oak for the wood, but we decided to change that up when his 100 pound wife was going to have to lug it around. I had her pick up the rough stack of oak that I was going to use for it, and she had a chance of heart real quick. I decided to give the cedar a try, and they both like it quite a bit – especially the lighter weight of it!
I’ll have to say that the price tag was a bit short of the amount of hours I had to put in to get everything to work, but it was a fun project. The one problem with trying to make a living at this is getting work done fast enough to make money. When I figure that out, I’ll let you know the secret.
-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!