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Blog series by thewoodwhisperer updated 07-20-2012 05:21 PM 3 parts 14754 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: History, Templates and the Initial Leg Shaping

06-29-2012 11:56 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 15 comments »

After all of the support I received during our recent website troubles, I knew I had to come up with a special way of saying thank you. I considered sending out cards or personal emails, but I ultimately decided that the best way to show my appreciation would be to build one of the most requested projects ever: the Step Stool Sitting Bench. The reason this one gets requested so often is because it happens to be featured in our show’s introduction. The PastThis particular stool was actua...

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Part 2: Top, Stretcher, and Assembly

07-12-2012 03:19 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 4 comments »

Shaping The TopThe top of the Bench/Stool features a nice deep curve. This not only looks cool, but adds a lot of additional comfort when sitting. I scribe the shape onto both sides of the top piece using my template. Since the top is supposed to be symmetrical on both sides, I prefer to shape only one side of my template. I then flip it over to scribe the profile on the other side. This way there is no possibility of error and the top should be exactly the same on both sides. I also decid...

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Part 3: The Finish!

07-20-2012 05:21 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 6 comments »

It’s time for everyone’s favorite topic: finishing! I plan on using polyurethane to finish my Sitting Bench Step Stool, and this time, I’m not going to use an expensive specialty varnish. Instead, I’m making my own wiping varnish by diluting some good old Minwax Polyurethane 50/50 with mineral spirits. But before I apply the poly, I need to apply a single coat of Zinsser Bullseye SealCoat Dewaxed Shellac as a sealer. This is a good precautionary measure for just abo...

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