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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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Flush trim band saw jig

Ever have to trim 1/16″ or 1/8″ from end grain but the piece won’t fit your shooting board, and the table saw is out of the question?

I had this problem on the morning bar doors below where I had to flush trim the ends of the book matched ash (unstained in the photo).

So I came up with a great way to do it, and it was soooo easy.

First, I got a squared block of hardwood. Brought my band saw fence as close to the blade without touching it, and cut a matching kerf halfway up the side of the jig. Then I reversed it and clamped it to my band saw fence with the back of the blade resting against the back of the kerf. That’s all there is to it. I was ready to go!

Then I just rested the edge of the door against the outfeed end of the jig as shown in the photo. I had to make multiple passes, each pass removing a kerf’s width of material until the full edge of the door rode flush against the outfeed end of the jig. I removed the band saw marks with sandpaper.

Easy peasy!

Here’s a short video of one pass.