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Yes, this one is for me.

I am experimenting with this one. I bought some cottonwood…yes, thats right cottonwood. I didn't know you could use this wood for making things. Well, I have tried. It works ok i guess, but I am trying to stain it and it is a "Bear" as you can see by the pictures. I will post additional pictures as things progress. May have to abandon the plan of staining it and paint it before its said and done….WE WILL SEE.

I sealed the cottonwood, stained it with dark walnut stain and then applied four coats of tongue oil, and "wa-la"

It was an exercise in , learning, and experimenting…and it ended up being fun. "I suppose thats what it is all about"

Well, here it is. It found its home in front of my basement shower.

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Nice stool!

Thanks for the post

Callum
 

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Is cotton wood like pine? Did you use walnut plugs for the holes?
 

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The plugs look really nice. I think the fact that there's so many of them really makes the look
 

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Looks good. I've never even seen a piece of cottonwood.
 

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I've not seen, nor used cottonwood. Sounds like it was an experience. Nice looking stool.
 

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Yes, cottonwood is much like pine. I had never seen a cottonwood board either even though there are many cottonwood trees here in Missouri. I saw an advertisement from a local supplier and I just had to go see it. It is very cheap and I just could not resist trying it.

The plugs on the steps are walnut as are the pocket hole plugs, which is what originally caught my interest when reading the article. You can't see the pocket holes in the pictures, but the sides are made of three separate pieces of cottonwood pocket hole jointed on the inside and filled with walnut plugs.

I think pocket hole joinery is cool and it compliments my lack of skill when joinery is required. I use it as a stop gap while I try and learn joinery techniques.

Thanks for the encouraging words.
 
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