Shaker two stepper

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Project by buck_cpa posted 01-11-2016 05:21 PM 2090 views 10 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working to improve my dovetails. I took a three day course with Greg Pennington and supplemented his course with Rob Cosman’s dvd. I prefer to chop the waste vs fret saw, so I prefer Greg’s methodology. However, Rob has some great layout and sawing suggestions. The biggest improvement I’ve made since my schooling was learning how to properly sharpen my chisels and planes – which makes a huge difference in the dovetailing experience.

I spent a good two hours digging through stacks of soft maple for the “permed” maple you see in this stool. I waited over a year for my skills to be minimally worthy of this wood. The stool is for my son who will be walking soon. I finished with a concocted wiping varnish (BLO / Spar / Danish Oil cut with mineral spirits to ease the application process).

The plans:

I changed the dovetail layout as I like the look of thick pins… especially in a utility project.

It’s amazing the difference that sharp tools and good quality wood can make. See my first two stepper here:

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 05:59 PM

You realy improved them well. Those dovetails look like a professional work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 08:02 PM

Nice looking project. Very clean dovetails.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 02:09 PM

That is a beautiful two stepper and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 06:34 AM

Great piece! Those dovetails look perfect!

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