2nd LJ post, a Darbin Orvar stool

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Project by Silverhill posted 11-24-2014 03:38 AM 1787 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is only my second post to Lumberjocks. Being a beginner, I look for small projects that I can do in pine. I chose the Darbin Orvar step stool that she featured on Youtube last week. Linn, the star of the channel is quite an artist, designing and constructing various projects each week. She has spurred my interest in using chalk paint, and after doing several projects with chalk paint, i decided to “distress” this one by using a contrasting first coat, then sanding the edges that are likely wear spots. I used a teal green chalk paint left over from another project, for the base coat, and a pale yellow left from our garage paint. I sanded it with 220 grit, and exposed the base color on some edges. After sanding the entire stool with 220, I used 2 heavy coats of paste wax for a final coat.

Being a WW newb, one of my biggest problems so far is getting very accurate cuts, where I need them, not 1/32” off. So I use a trick from Izzy Swan to trim just a 32nd off the long ones. and got the closest fitting parts to date. thanks Izzy.

My thanks to all that clicked on this post to view it, and more thanks to any LJ’s that comment. Constructive criticism welcomed.

Bill at Silverhill Workshop

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 01:38 PM

That is a nice looking stool. I too watch the Darbin Orvar videos and like what she does.


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#2 posted 11-24-2014 03:32 PM

Good looking piece my friend. I believe your third project will come soon ! By the way, pine is a great material to work with.



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#3 posted 11-25-2014 06:29 AM

Thanks for the kind words guys.

This project was truly a scrap box project, I had 100% of it on hand. I did not have any 1×2’s, but I did have a few pieces of 2×4’s that were mis-cuts and I cut 1×2’s from them. I had enough to build 2 stools, but the second is cut out but not assembled. I am thinking of using dowels just to make it interesting and to progress the learning curve a notch.

Sean—I enjoy Darbin Orvar videos very much. I am going to try some of her bees wax hacks soon. I located a local bee keeper to source the wax from.

Serge—I like pine due to cost and availability. To buy hardwoods, I would have to drive about 50 miles, plus, I don’t have a planer, yet.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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