Improv Fir Step Stool

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Project by paxorion posted 07-25-2014 03:48 AM 1205 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This project is an attempt to use up material (fir) and supplies (Minwax Polyshades) I have on hand. At my wife’s request, I made a project that has some use around the house; a step stool. The step stool also doubles as a sitting bench for my daughter’s activity table, which is our old coffee table (first woodworking project stained with the same polyshades).

Overall, a good project to play around with material. Contrary to label, you CAN thin polyshades (1 part paint thinner, 1 part polyshades) for a wiping approach. This approach made my opinion of polyshades go from “trash it because it’s nothing more than a fire hazard in my house” to “I guess I’ll use it up since it’s sitting around”. Four coats of thinned polyshades is still more red and lighter in color than two coats of full strength. I also made no attempt to control blotch (purely due to laziness because I forgot to grab it when I was going to start finishing).

Since I had showed my daughter the project right after the glue-up, I’m currently on day 8 of my daughter saying “daddy made step stool for me!” to everyone she sees. I better get started on the next project to keep it up.

More details on the project history can be seen on my blog (part 1, part 2, part 3).

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 08:50 PM

very nice, looks very sturdy. Fir is my favorite softwood to work with.


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