Shop Stool #2: Becomes a Table

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Blog entry by SPalm posted 07-04-2014 12:15 AM 4152 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the plan was to add turned stretchers. I had visions of a slight taper from the center with through tenons that were splined in the ends. Did not work out. I had so much trouble with chatter on the old cherry that I was not able to turn reliably at all. I could get it close and then sand to smooth, but it just did not go right. I am sure it was caused by my lack of turning skills.

So it went with rectangular stretchers. The plan was to make small offset mortises and use offset tenons so I could use a large round over without the router bit running into them. So I cut the mortises with my small router. I am getting to love that little thing, it is so much easier to control that my larger routers. I used another leg as support during routing. I had left the legs square to ease the mortising.

And then cut tenons on some milled stock using a dado blade. The picture shows just the shoulder being cut on the stretchers. I then raised the blade and just cut one side to get an offset tenon.

I finished the round-over routing of the inside and outside corners of the legs. I applied a bit of shellac on areas where I did not want the glue to stick and then glued it up. It was a little tricky as all the parts interlock, but a few practice dry runs helped figure out an assembly plan.

When the glue dried, the plan was to route large round-overs on all the exposed areas. After thinking about it, I nixed that idea as it would ruin the look of the fancy Maloof leg joint. And I kind of liked the look of the large rounds mixed in with the sharp corners. Also the wife wanted it as a table, so the sharp edges would not cut into someone sitting on it.

I wiped down the whole thing with shellac. When the shellac dried I sanded it down and applied several coats of Danish oil. I started using these sanding sponges and found them really nice for a project like this with lots of weird surfaces. A box of 6 costs about $11.

This project is finished and posted here in Projects. I still want to make a shop stool someday.

Take care,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 12:57 AM

Great work, but I think round stretchers would have gone better with the quarter-round corner detail. Try cherry dowel the next time, and spin-cut the tenons on your table saw.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 01:24 AM

Looks Nice with the non-round stretchers, Steve.

You need to make one of these to reduce the chatter-

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

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 08:40 AM

Nice work Steve. I think a steady rest for your lathe would help you get a smooth cut on those long thin dowels. Alternatively you can brace your hand against the tool rest and hook your forefinger behind the spinning leg from the bottom to keep it steady, but a steady rest is the best way. It’s a quick job to make one. Lots of steady rest posts here on LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 09:18 PM

I like it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 04:41 PM

Very nice,,, coming along nicely.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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