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Project by shelly_b posted 02-01-2013 06:06 PM 1704 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my first log project. I decided to start small and made my daughter a step stool. The top os walnut., the logs are cottonwood, i beleive. Since the walnut wa.s only about 1/2 in, i was worried bout the tenons being so close tto the edges of the endgrain. I made 3×3 in squares, routed a cove in them and put them so the grain was the opposite directions so the joint was beefed up a little. I ‘hrew a coat of shellac on it lastnight and i think i will leave it like this for a wk or 2 and see what happens since the logs are still wet.

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#1 posted 02-01-2013 06:22 PM

A very nice build. Should be very strong with those fine through tenons. Nice wood combo as well.

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 06:33 PM

I like this a lot a way cool design and a very good build ,great job shelly

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 06:40 PM

Is this the wood you were asking about a few weeks ago because it was still green? I’ll be curious to know if it moves or splits on you.

Cute little stool. If she hasnt already I’m sure your little girl will claim it as MINE soon enough! :-) Nice job

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 07:50 PM

thank you:) yup, this is the one! i am holding off on putting alot of finish on it just incase it cracks and i have to start over. i think i will give it a couple weeks and see what happens. yes, she is already asking me to step on it but it had been in clamps and then didn’t want little muddy foot prints on it before a finish was on it…so i think i will let her try it out tonight! The first step actually changed from the original design i had planned. I was going to made the step go back into dados in the logs on the top step, and have the 1st step tenons in the front corners..if that makes any sense lol. Basically I drew it up to have the bottom step moved back a few inches. I didn’t have any boards that were wide enough, so i was holding it there trying to figure out how to do it, i moved it to where it is now so it wouldn’t fall if i let go, and “duh!” just put the tenons in the center of the step! thanks for your comments:)

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 08:13 PM

Nice! I am generally not a huge fan of log furniture, but I do like your combination of straight edges and logs. How did you shape the tenons? Draw knife? Spoke shave?

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 08:19 PM

Congratulations, great contrast of the white circles with

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 08:21 PM

Thank you:) I peeled the logs with a draw knife(I cut the tree down 3-4wks ago behind our house) and I shaped the tenons with lumberjack tenon cutters, the big pencile sharpeners! I took the plunge and bought a few b/c I would like to do alot more log furniture.

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 11:42 PM

beautiful stool,you did a great the contrast of two woods.

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#9 posted 02-04-2013 03:46 PM

This is so beautiful, love the log and walnut combo. Like the big tenons and finish. Way to go Mom!


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#11 posted 02-16-2013 02:19 PM

Nice step stool and great pictures especially seeing your daughter in the shop with you…lucky woman you are!

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#12 posted 03-29-2013 05:26 AM

Cool project. Great job.

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#13 posted 06-07-2013 09:38 PM

I like this! It looks like your really doing great in your woodwork. Keep up the good work. and …. be safe!

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#14 posted 06-10-2013 11:02 PM

Thanks guys! None of the wood has cracked yet like I was worried with it being wet, so I am going to put the rest of the finish on it whenever I get the chance…lol so it may stay with only shellac for a while longer!

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