Shaker Stool – Finished

The Shaker stool is finished and ready to sit on, but I can’t bring myself.  Yet.  I’ll get over it.  But I love my stool.

After lopping off the extra material where the tenons and braces stuck out with a saw, I evened (is that a word?) everything up with a plane and sanded it with 220.  I gave it two coats of diluted clear shellac.  Sanded with 320, and gave it one more coat with undiluted shellac.  I rubbed it with wax and 0000 steel wool and it feels amazing to the touch.  Very silky smooth.

There are a few gaps on the diagonal braces.  They all fit really tight structurally, but here and there I have a little gap.  Those braces are the hardest part in my opinion.  Next time my plan is to lay out a template with the notches and end bevels – allowing for a little overhang for trimming.  Then I can mark out all four braces, and use the template to check my work as I saw and pare the notches.

Finished Bench

Finished Bench

Finished Bench

Finished Bench

Finished Bench

Finished Bench

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8 thoughts on “Shaker Stool – Finished

  1. Man! That’s really cool. I forget where you got the idea to make this from? I might have to make one too!

  2. Very nice. The wedged through tenons are a nice touch.

  3. Very nice looking stool. Your cross brace joinery looks dead nuts.

    • Thanks Ralph. The cross-brace joinery is OK, I’ll do it better next time. This is a great piece to practice dados, M&T and dovetail laps. It’s small enough that it goes (relatively) quickly.

  4. PS: I’ve decided that I really like using shellac as a finish. In the past I’ve always been more of a “oil” or “wiping varnish” person. I still really like that on figured woods to bring out the color and pattern in the grain. But the rubbed and waxed shellac finish feels so silky smooth I really like it. And the fact that it can make cheap white pine look good is a huge plus.

    I read something in the latest “Flexner on Finishing” column in Popular Woodworking that is bothering me. It’s the article on wipe-on finishes. He mentions that a sample of “Tried and True” oil finish left to dry for 16 years is still sticky because it’s just raw linseed oil. I’ve been using their oil/varnish blend and am wondering about that. I’ve noticed that on some projects they seem to take “forever” to dry (my winding sticks for example — it’s been several weeks and I noticed yesterday that they still seemed slightly sticky/oily). I need to do some experiments I think to get a better handle on this.

  5. I like it. Looks like a good project for practicing jointery skills.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Traditional Skills Blog

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