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Project by Tom Regnier posted 12-29-2015 04:45 PM 1325 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this stool almost a year ago and never got around to putting a finish on it. I’ve used it in my workshop as my bench stool since February and couldn’t decide on what finish to use and if I wanted to put a foot rest on it or not. After using it for a good amount of time I decided to skip the foot rest at least for now…I’m on the tall side so it doesn’t pose an issue for me.
My big dilemma in putting a finish on this was getting up the courage to try ammonia fuming for the first time. We had a nice stretch of warm weather here in New England this past week so I took the opportunity to open the garage door and have at it. Now, all I used was regular grocery store ammonia and I must say that I’m blown away at how nice it came out. I fumed it under a trash barrel for approx. 24 hours and applied 3 coats of Tried and True on it and it looks really beautiful (better than the photos). I’m sure the stronger ammonia must work better/faster but I’m more than pleased at how well this worked.
As for the build on this project it had it’s ups and downs….don’t they all! I made a full size pattern for the legs and used it as a guide to route the final size down after band sawing them to shape. This all worked well except for some router kickback I experienced….the legs are thick and I must have been taking off just a little too much waste. The block is pretty straight forward to glue up while the top I used a circle cutting jig on my little band saw to make the cut. The hardware isn’t cheap but it’s the main function of this piece so I went ahead and bought it from Lee Valley and am pleased with it.
So, I’m really happy I tried fuming the stool but the only problem going forward is that it’s seems too nice now to be using and abusing this in my workshop.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 06:25 PM

Really like the design

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 06:44 PM

Tom, this turned out nicely. It’s a great design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 07:15 PM

Beautiful! In my opinion those last two photos are commercial quality … and I was thinking the same thing … now it is too beautiful to use in the shop!

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 09:20 PM

I really like the stool. Simple, functional and nice looking. I will save this away to make at another time. Thanks

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#5 posted 12-29-2015 11:26 PM

great looking stool. I always wanted to try fuming.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 12-30-2015 12:30 PM

Very elegant and stout

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

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#7 posted 12-31-2015 02:34 AM

Hi Tom

Nice stool. Too good for workshop. Needs a good home.

I have been looking for this type of screw for a long time. Could you tell me where you purchased the screw mechanism? I am in the Philippines and need to order online if possible.

Thanks in advance


-- George Coles,

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#8 posted 12-31-2015 12:34 PM

Hi George, I ordered from LeeValley. Here’s a screen shot for you.

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