Seven stools in a row

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Project by gepatino posted 08-21-2012 02:49 PM 2281 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first time I make furniture, and in batches!

For the kids day (a celebration here in Argentina when you give toys and presents to the kids), I made this stools for my seven nieces/nephews base on these plans:

The wood is called paraĆ­so in spanish, in english I found it could be named chinaberry, bad-tree or white cedar (Melia azedarach).

I had a lot of fun figuring out how to make these stools as a production line. Having a method is extremelly usefull when doing batch stuff.

The finish was made by hand sanding, one coat of shellac, sanding with 320, and two coats of some kind of varnish called lasur (it seems to be a german word). The difference with the standard varnish is that it doesn’t create a layer, instead it penetrates the wood and it’s very easy to apply.

The names were burn into the wood with a small soldering iron.


I forgot to add some videos from The Wood Whisperer that were very handy for me, specially the finishing tips in part 3 and how to fix the wiggle when the legs are not even (in part 2)

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:


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#1 posted 08-21-2012 03:24 PM

They all look great! When I first saw them on the projects home page I thought it was a ceiling fan without the motor! LOL! Nice job ! My lives on a street named chinaberry!
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 03:36 PM

Haha… you’re right, the first pic looks like a ceiling fan, with a lot of wings!

Thanks for the comments.


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#3 posted 08-21-2012 03:57 PM

Those are nice looking, sturdy stools, perfect for kids as they can be easily carried. I am going to check out the plans because I really like the straightforward design. I like things that show off the wood and these certainly do.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 06:17 PM

Nice stools. It’s neat to get a look at some of your South American woods that most of us have no knowledge of. On a few stools it looks like the dowels are not flush with the top. What is your thinking there ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 07:05 PM

MonteCristo: I was raeching the deadline and had to break the assembly line and finish quickly three of the stools.

The finished ones are the ones at the back in the fan like pic. The others are unfinished yet, the one at the right has the dowels flushed and some putty applied, the other three are only glued, but not trimmed yet.

In one of them, I drilled the holes in the wrong places and had to fill the holes with dowels, flushed and drill again.

The challenge for the next project is to be more accurate in this kind of things, also on measuring and squaring the different parts when gluing.


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#6 posted 08-22-2012 03:31 AM

Gepatino, great looking stools. hope those kids love them. they look real sturdy, so no problem with the kids breaking them.

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 01:24 PM

Well done!! Thanks for sharing, just gave me an idea for Christmas presents for my 11 grand children.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 02:22 PM

Kids do actually love them. My niece Carola (7) couldn’t believe I made them myself, she was amazed and asked me if she can join me in my next project so she can see how sutff is built from wood. I guess whe thought that things are only made in factories, haha.

workerinwood, you have a lot of stools to do! Eleven grand children, that’s a family!

I saw your projects and really like the crayon boxes, will copy those as soon as I learn how to make some joinery (and I’ll probably need to buy a router). My daughter (4) is also called Olivia, so when I saw that box I saw her playing with her crayons and pencils.


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#9 posted 08-22-2012 02:27 PM

The title made me think of the period after a trip to Pancho’s all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet, lol.
These stools are very attractive. I respect the use of dowels. Nice job.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 02:31 PM

Sturdy and handy. I like it a lot.

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 03:02 PM

Very Cool Work! and a lot of of it!
Nice presents you have made.
Thank you for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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