Father and Son Stools - "Toddler-built"!

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 08-16-2017 09:15 PM 1493 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought the Highland WW threading kit to help my little boys develop hands-on skills. This is one of the first applications. At this age I don’t mean using the kit, but using the threaded components I make with it.

For the little one, I cut out the stool seat blank on the BS, rounded over the edges on the RT, drilled holes at 12 degrees, and tapped the holes. Then I threaded three 1-1/4 dowels. The threading goes more smoothly if lubricated with BLO, so I went ahead and finished the whole thing with a couple coats.
He put it together on his new workbench:

And uses it there:

The daddy stool is about the same, but the seat is cut from a slab I chainsawed last Christmas. It has the very center of the tree running through it, and of course cracks:

I had hand-planed most of the chainsaw marks out already, so it only needed a little more smoothing. I eased the edges by hand, and drilled these holes at 8 degrees.

The Daddy stool is about 12” across and 24” high, and the junior is about 8” across and 12” high.

In the future I may practice the butterfly inlay to stabilize the cracks, but I doubt it will be needed. What we do need is another stool for baby brother!

And for anyone who wants to do this, the whole thing is like a 1-hour project from start to finish, especially if you do away with the threading. There’s no need for threading after all, that was just to let the kids learn.

I enjoyed this tremendously. Another neat “family” aspect of this is that the blank for my stool came from a tree on my in-law’s property, and my boy can see how a tree turns into furniture right in front of him – and be part of it all. We’ll have to count the growth rings – when he’s older, he’ll be amazed to see he was born in the sapwood! I wonder if they show the droughts and floods I remember when I was a kid…

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 11:00 PM

How cool is that.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 11:00 PM

Great stools and it so nice to have your son working with you in the shop!! Good way to start them out!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-17-2017 01:01 AM

Awesome project Dad!

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-17-2017 10:59 AM

What a team !!! and with the tongue out , you know there is an honest effort. bravo to both of you.

-- andrek

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 02:58 PM

Great example of teaching the youth.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#6 posted 08-17-2017 03:50 PM

There’s nothing like starting them out young and it looks like they are coming along just fine.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 08-19-2017 03:22 PM

He will remember this for a long time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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