Pine is fine!

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Project by chopnhack posted 09-19-2012 06:51 PM 3163 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The 3 year old needed a step stool to be able to reach and turn the water on in our bathroom. Up until now the adventurous little rascal had been stacking his plastic step stools from other rooms, one on top of the other to reach…. inventive little creature :O The overall design was taken from Ana White website. The finish is a multi step spray and glaze recipe found on homestead finishing’s forum. I still have to even out the sheen and topcoat it, but it is mostly done. The color is Transtint Golden brown on top of amber shellac with a van dyke brown glaze.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 06:56 PM

This is a Great looking pine step stool!
Nice work!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#2 posted 09-19-2012 07:12 PM

That’s a mighty fine looking step stool! My kids are all grown now and have now given us 3 beautiful grandchildren. I still have the stool I made for them when they were 3 years old… some 30+ years ago. I bet your stool will last a life time! The finish looks great also! nice job!

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

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#3 posted 09-19-2012 08:10 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I love pine too, it’s cheap, and for the price, it’s good wood!


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#4 posted 09-19-2012 08:56 PM

Looks nice. Be careful that your finish doesn’t have too smooth of a surface. They will slip off it in their socks.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 09-19-2012 11:10 PM

That is a good looking stool. My son and I made one very similar to it. I ended having to take some 60 grit sandpaper to the steps so my 2 boys wouldn’t slip on it.

-- Donald LeBlanc -

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 02:36 AM

my trio of inventive rascals do the same. ...and they have step stools to use already.

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 02:51 AM

That is some fine looking stool. I admire the generous width and the care you have taken with the finish. I still have the one I used to brush my teeth with some 55 years ago. This type of work lives forever with many uses and users. Date it on the bottom so you don’t forget. And yes, pine is perfect. Soft and warm and so beat-up-able.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 03:05 AM

Thanks all :-) The tread area is not slippery, the boys eagerly wanted to use it and left their sock thread pattern in the still curing finish! LOL. I debated to sign this one as I saw it as just a utilitarian piece, pine to boot and a test bed for a new finish recipe. I have to rethink that as if this piece does survive, it should have a pedigree.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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