Kitchen Stools

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Project by Jim posted 06-08-2014 10:00 PM 1682 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the maple kitchen stools I’ve been working on for several months as an addition to the Kitchen Island I made a few years ago (also seen in the photo). I really struggled with the finish on these stools. No matter what I did, including sealing with minwax prefinishing conditioner, the finish constantly came out blotchy. I finally got fed up with it and decided to just paint the darned things. My wife begged me not to paint them so I thought as a last attempt I would try shellac. With 6 coats of shellac only, it was magic, I’m very happy with the clear shellac finish that brings out the natural colour and grain of the wood.

BTW before someone chastises me for using maple for the stools when the island is oak … save your breath. I was given the maple and decided to use it for this project because it was 6/4 which was just the size I needed for the legs. Besides the colour is almost the same and ultimately what counts is … I like it.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 12:23 AM


They’re perfect!

I’m going to build 6 in the near future. Are all the stretchers joined with mortise and tenon? Just curious. I plan on using that kind of joinery.

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#2 posted 06-09-2014 12:23 AM

Nice looking stools. I think you will get many years of service from them. Are the seats uplostered or wood? Hard to tell in the Photo.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 03:34 AM

They look realy nice.Real professional work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 04:06 AM

The seats are upholstered with padded leather.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 04:10 AM

Shellac is also great when used as a sealer.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 06-09-2014 04:22 AM

Yes I’ve always used Shellac as a sealer and never as a final finish. I’m quite pleased with the results. We will see how it holds up in time. Great thing about Shellac is I can always put something else on top if I need to.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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