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Chapel stool

Here is a small stepping stool for use in the chapel. I was shown some samples and given some dimensions. I got to work, did a quick hand sketch, and drew it up in Sketchup. Here’s what I ended up with after seeing a photo up on Fine Woodworking.

 

Finished stool, about 14″ x 10″ x 5″, made from red oak.
  
  
Defect was filled with EnviroTex Lite epoxy.
  
Aprons were dominoed into the legs.
    
Corner detail.
  
Squared legs were marked up with French curves and cut out on my band saw. Notice the radiating grain on the knee.
  
Bottom of each leg was chamfered.
  
Really nice proportions, I think.

I finished with General Finishes brown mahogany dye stain, shellac, and High Performance Gloss topcoats. Finish has nice depth. 

Total shop time about 8-10 hours. 

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Skip plane long boards for maximum yield

I bought some 4/4 10′ long rough sawn Mahogany the other day.  Because I wanted to keep as much of the boards thickness as possible, and knowing how that is difficult to do on a 10′ board using the jointer, I skip planed to get a sense of where the grain was so I could cut them too rough length. 

The shorter boards were much easier to joint, and because there was much less cupping and twist to deal with in the shorter board, there was much less waste. This resulted in getting the maximum thickness possible from the 4/4 stock. 

 Rough sawn mahogany
Rough sawn mahogany
Skip planed mahogany
Skip planed mahogany