Finally Made a Bench Stool

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  • #130252
    Matt McGrane
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    Fun project. Bought some easel paper to draw this out and that helped in the layout. I liked the look of other members’ painted stools, but decided to finish with shellac (three coats) and wax. I haven’t yet put any finish on the seat because I want to use it a while to see if it’s comfortable. I might still carve out more further back.

    The wood is “vertical grain” Douglas fir – nice stuff, very few knots. I bought enough for the stool and the dining chair project (see picture). It was rough-sawn 2″ x 6″ and 1″ x 6″ (full dimensions). What a workout sawing this stuff to rough length and width and planing to rough sizes, then later to final sizes! Finally I got to use timbers the full thickness that PS specifies instead of my usual 3/4″.

    I’m sure this stool will outlive me. But being softwood, I’m sure it’ll have lots of dings and dents by that time.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

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  • #130257
    jude
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    @jude

    Looks good, Matt. Nice and crisp lines on the seat.

    What kind of wood is it made from?

    judekenny.wordpress.com

    Near Chicago, USA

    #130258
    trooper82
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    @trooper82

    Nice job Matt! Your seat turned out great.

    #130261
    Derek Long
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    @delong1974

    Nice work, Matt. That stool is definitely on my list of to-do’s, too.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #130264
    dborn
    Participant

    @dborn

    Matt that looks great! This is on my to do list as well. What kind of wood did you use?

    Also, I don’t see any text in your initial post either.

    #130279
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    @mattmcgrane

    @jude @trooper82 @delong1974 and @dborn

    Here is the original text that I intended to put in this post. For some reason it didn’t show up. But if I edit my post, I can see it. I also can’t see the text from ANY post (new or old) if it’s the first post in a forum topic. …

    Anyway, thanks guys. The original text below will answer the wood question.

    Fun project. Bought some easel paper to draw this out and that helped in the layout. I liked the look of other members’ painted stools, but decided to finish with shellac (three coats) and wax. I haven’t yet put any finish on the seat because I want to use it a while to see if it’s comfortable. I might still carve out more further back.

    The wood is “vertical grain” Douglas fir – nice stuff, very few knots. I bought enough for the stool and the dining chair project (see picture 3). It was rough-sawn 2″ x 6″ and 1″ x 6″ (full dimensions). What a workout sawing this stuff to rough length and width and planing to rough sizes, then later to final sizes! Finally I got to use timbers the full thickness that PS specifies instead of my usual 3/4″.

    I’m sure this stool will outlive me. But being softwood, I’m sure it’ll have lots of dings and dents by that time.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #130302
    Marilyn Moreno
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    @mmoreno610

    Matt,
    Your stool is great. It will last forever.

    The easel paper idea is great. I’ve often wondered how to do a story board on the cheap. And what’s great about it is you can actually file it away for future use. That would be a bit harder to do with wood boards.

    Marilyn

    Marilyn - Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania - USA

    #130333
    Peter George
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    @pjgeorge

    The Douglas fir looks really good. You did a fantastic job Matt.

    As an aside, I was at the Natural History Museum in Banff this summer. The display cases and furniture was mostly Arts and Crafts style, built in the early 1900’s and made from old growth Douglas fir. It had the same lovely colour as your stool. I spent a lot of time looking at the joinery. My son and daughter thought it somewhat strange that the furniture is what attracted my attention. 🙂

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #130336
    Derek Long
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    @delong1974

    That’s some nice Doug fir!

    One of the local lumber yards here has great clear, quartersawn DF 2×6 stock like that, but its very expensive. Prices with the hardwoods. It’s by far the clearest softwood I’ve ever seen, so for something like the chair or stool project it would be well worth it. No knots in the seat to swear at!

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #136625
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    @smassiesr

    Matt nice job, the stool looks great. This is my next project, hopefully I can find some decent wood at my local HD which has not been a star in the wood department. I think they by cheap soft wood from China it is garbage. Sorry about the rant, but unfortunately I don’t live in a wood haven.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #136641
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    @mattmcgrane

    @smassiesr – Steve, it would be nice to have access to woods from Canada or midwest or middle East Coast U.S., but some places just don’t get much. At least for a project like the bench stool HD wood should be OK. Have fun on it.

    BTW, I’m an old Florida guy. Lived near Daytona during high school, Gainesville for college, Melbourne teaching high school for a couple years in the 80’s. Now in CA for 18 years after Jersey for several. Time goes by so fast …

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #136643
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    @smassiesr

    Matt I sent you a private message, let me know if you didn’t get it.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #136660
    Matt McGrane
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    @mattmcgrane

    @smassiesr – Sorry Steve, didn’t get the message. Assuming I’m supposed to click on “Messages” under my login name in the upper right of this page. I do sometimes have a tough navigating through this site trying to find things.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #137677
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    @smassiesr

    Matt sorry about that I am not sure what happened. I just wanted to let you know I live in St. Cloud just from Melbourne, we go there to the ocean. I am originally from Ft. Myers than got transferred to Atlanta and retired in 2009 which brought us to St. Cloud to help our Daughter with our Grandson. We ended up buying the home next door and love the area. Our Daughter is a Teacher and our S-I-L is a Traffic Homicide Investigator for the Florida Highway Patrol. Our Son moved into our subdivision last August and works out of his home, so we are all together.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #137679
    David Gill
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    @daveg

    Great looking stool Matt I do like the Shellac and wax finish

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #137681
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    @mattmcgrane

    @daveg – Thanks David. I used the same finish on my dining chairs. I like the way the Doug fir looks with it.

    @smassiesr – St. Cloud is not too far from where I lived in Melbourne. I was just looking at the map – there’s a huge number of lakes around St. Cloud. I hope the mosquitoes aren’t too bad (not to mention the heat and humidity).

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

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