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Father's Day Stench...A Design It As You Go Project.

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Project by BusterB posted 06-15-2021 04:03 PM 921 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father in law gave me a poplar slab that had been sitting in his basement for better than 40 years. Judging by the cut marks, I am guessing he used it as a work surface at some point. Anyhow he thought I needed it so I drug it home a few years back and it’s been sitting in the corner of my shop since then. A few months back my wife was telling me how her dad needed a stool or a bench for his tractor shed/shop. He is one of those guys who has to be up doing something all the time but he is getting a few miles on him now and occasionally needs a place to take a break. I told her I that I could build him a stool or bench to go in there….this is what I came up with…it’s part stool and part bench so I have dubbed it a stench. Final demensions are 26” long x 12 1/2” wide x 21” tall. The base is built out various pieces of poplar I had on hand. The legs are angled 10 degrees. The joints are glued and backed up with dowels. The apron boards are attached with pocket screws. Finished with minwax provincial stain and after that cured, I applied a couple of coats of clear lacquer. It’s kind of heavy but I have to say…my stench is strong…ummm that doesn’t sound exactly right…lol.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Ivan

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#1 posted 06-15-2021 04:57 PM

Clasic design more than often takes all credit!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 06-15-2021 07:23 PM

Real nice design, Buster. I pretty much use that “design as you go” all the time. Then you don’t have to stick to any specific plan!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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mtnwild

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#3 posted 06-15-2021 07:49 PM

Great, put it to use and enjoy it project, will be well appreciated I’m sure….....Well done using that old wood…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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farmerdude

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#4 posted 06-15-2021 09:20 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! Best stench I’ve ever seen! Poplar is usually kind of white and plain looking, you seem to have picked the perfect finish, it looks great. I hate to say it, but I like your stench.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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BusterB

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#5 posted 06-15-2021 09:34 PM

Ivan- Thank you sir!!!

Jim- Thank you sir. I find that I frequently start with a basic plan in mind and wind up having to modify and adapt as I go…lol

Jack- thank you sir. About time I did something with it right???

Jeff-thank you buddy. Bahahaha…dont think I have ever been told that before…lol It took the stain pretty well and I don’t mind admitting I was a tad bit worried that it would come out blotchy. It ought to be good enough to park his rear on I am thinking.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 06-15-2021 09:56 PM

Not really…It more like you finally found out why you set that wood aside.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Madmark2

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#7 posted 06-15-2021 10:40 PM

Very cool project nicely executed.

PS:
Put a ZCI on that saw!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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swirt

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#8 posted 06-16-2021 02:17 AM

Nice work. That stench don’t stink.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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BusterB

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#9 posted 06-16-2021 02:11 PM

Jack- I like the thought….now to just figure out why I have all those cut offs saved for…lol

Madmark- thank you sir!! Believe it or not, like most aspiring professional amateur (or is it amateur professional??) Woodworkers, I made a couple of them out of hardboard to use with the dado set. So it’s not like I don’t have a pattern…lol

Swirt- thank you sir! If nothing else I got to use my miter saw to it’s full capacity….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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RIBrian

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#10 posted 06-16-2021 03:09 PM

Very nice. Since I am geometry challenged, what is the bevel you used on seat, and what are the bevels on the legs?

Thanks

-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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BusterB

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#11 posted 06-17-2021 03:42 PM

Howdy Rhode Island Brian… The bevel on the top is an optical illusion…unintended to be sure but it a 90 degree cut that I used a round over bit to soften the edge. The legs were cut on a 10 degree compound angle. May very well be the only time I have changed the tilt of the blade on this saw…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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RIBrian

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#12 posted 06-17-2021 06:47 PM

Thank you for your response.

-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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Gary

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#13 posted 06-22-2021 03:16 PM

Beautiful design well executed.

Speaking for myself, I find it helpful when admiring a project if there are familiar objects in frame for size comparison.

Specifically I wish people-sized projects had at least one pic showing a person in frame with a mostly-complete-stage version of the project so the scale of the project can be observed.

This is not a knock on your project, but rather I’m taking this opportunity to make a suggestion in hopes it’s popular enough to get where it needs to get to do some good. Apologies for being OT and moderators please do what you do with my thanks.

That’s a helluva makeover for a 40 year old slab of lying-around-wonder-what-to-do-with-this-hunk-o-wood!

-- Cheers -- g

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