Stool Projects #6 or Everything That Could Go Wrong and Did

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Project by OutPutter posted 01-14-2010 05:05 AM 2548 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This computer lap desk/ tv tray/ stool project turned out ok according to my eight year old daughter. You can see that the original top was and incredible piece of mesquite that now lies in two pieces. The reason is that the original design was to lay the mesquite top between the two legs and support it (along the grain) with the two bloodwood runners. It lasted about two hours into Christmas morning until it broke when she sat on it. Now I see it was set up to fail just like those boards the karate people break. Design correction was to reduce the height of both legs so the new top could be supported on the cross grain ends (plenty tough). The next problem is highlighted in picture four. Yep, broken brass screw. Had to drill out around it, shove some bloodwood and glue into the hole and hope for the best. Picture five shows the gap between the legs and the case bottom. It turned out the I measured several times wrong and cut anyway. Since I had already done the dovetails on the bloodwood runners, I decided to leave the gap. Finally, the last picture shows that the overhang on the right (which is the back) is greater than the left (front). In addition to that, the top sits a little cockeyed on the legs and runners. Oh well. Again the woods are recycled roadside table for the legs, bloodwood for the runners, stair tread oak for the case bottom, and santos mahogany for the top. Wipe on poly finish.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 06:14 AM

I think we’ve all had projects like this where everything goes south, Jim. I know I sure have. But in the end you’ve got a nice little desk that your daughter is happy with, and that is the most important thing. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 06:27 AM

I could have done anything and she would have liked it except let it fall apart. She was really upset about breaking the top and it took some fast talking to convince her it was my fault. Thanks for the kind words Charlie, I’ve just spent all day uploading all the projects I still have pictures of. What a job that turned out to be. At least now I can relax and enjoy the fabulous projects we’ve been getting lately. Every time I see another project on LJ that blows my mind, I think I’ve seen it all now. Sure enough, someone else comes along and blows my mind again. Man I love this stuff!

-- Jim

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 08:40 AM

This has turned out into a nice stool. I liked the space you have provided below the seat for storing small items. Where is stool project no. 5?

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 10:30 AM

Wow Jim, this is a great stool. Well designed, sturdy, stable, beautiful and functional. I still like those dovetails. As for the rebuild-that’s why you’re here-you care enough to go back and do it until you get it right. Wood working has taught me many things, but that “getting it right” is one of the biggies. The miscut is to keep you humble brother. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 10:49 AM

sharad, I gave number five away before I got pictures or lost the pictures. I don’t remember. Skylark, the thing I like best about this project is those big dovetails. Thanks for the kind words.

-- Jim

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 11:39 PM

Nice Job! Both the original idea, and the “disaster recovery”. There are times when I think furnishings for kids ought to only be made out of steel reinforced concrete – then I remember how many things I broke as a kid…

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#7 posted 05-11-2011 05:12 AM

Both of my posted projects have mistakes that I had to, in the words of my mother. “Make it work”. Thats the best lesson in woodworking, Sometimes it just isn’t perfect but it will work one way or the other.

-- Lotidus

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