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.