Birch Plywood Stools

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Project by Daddypig posted 09-01-2018 03:33 PM 886 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Helen Keller walked into a bar, then a table, then a stool….

Here is my first attempt at half-lap joints. I bought a hand miter saw from Lee Valley which made doing the angles much easier, but man what a lot of sawing! One will be used at my daughters IKEA desk and the other one is just a spare. The joints aren’t tight, but I like the design and overall look. I might try again now that I have a better shop setup. All the angles are 10 degrees.

Birch Plywood
Spruce Legs
Water based Polyurethane

Tools Used:
Hand Miter Saw
Circular Saw
Power Drill

What I learned:
1. Sneak up with cuts for the perfect joint. I tried to get the perfect fit with my first cut on this project. The hand miter saw wouldn’t allow much sneaking and would only allow cutting 1-2mm off. It ended up being too much work without a table saw.

2. Apparently knots cause boards to bend. Who knew! This created more problems fitting the joints together.

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#1 posted 09-01-2018 03:51 PM

Very nice DP! Those joints look great and I really like the spruce legs.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#2 posted 09-03-2018 02:44 AM

very nicely done

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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