I'm trying to use up some wood that's been accumulating, so small projects are the order of the day. This week I completed a couple of things - a step stool and a small box. The stool is made from pre-used wood. The seat was from a stool someone was throwing out and the legs and rails were from some table legs someone was giving away.
|Oak seat and softwood legs and rails|
|The legs have tapered tenons and are wedged with purpleheart|
|Here's the undercarriage - I really enjoy figuring the angles for boring for the rails|
The main box and the inner dividers were made from red oak scraps left over from the democratic chair build. The red oak top used to be a stile in a neighbor's kitchen cabinet.
|6" ruler for scale|
|I still might put some felt in the bottom under the dividers|
|The underside of the lid is rabbeted and fits nicely in the box opening with almost no slop|
|The lid's pull has a tenon fit to a mortise in the top. All sides are angled in.|
|The 1/4" thick x 1 1/8" wide dividers are half-lapped together|
|The top of the lid is beveled all around - 1" wide and 1/4" deep|
|Where they meet, the lid and box have a tiny chamfer to give a small "reveal" all around.|
The dovetails came out nice, but I had to plug 8 holes from the grooves that house the bottom.
The plugs are almost invisible.
|After some shellac, the dovetails really look stunning|
Just a couple small things, but it feels good to get things done and use some scrap wood. I'll see if I can give the stool to a neighbor. And my wife liked the box and wants to keep it. Bonus!