Having learned how to use the powered saws and sanders, I realize I couldn’t really make anything other than just chopping boards. So I decided to take a furniture making class so that I can make something more useful. I found Studio LW in London and chose this weekend-long stool making class. It was so worth of the money. I learned a ton and we all get to take our stools home.
When we saw the sticks and stool top were already prepared, we thought it was going to be like putting up an IKEA furniture. Simple as it looks, it is actually quite complicated for me as a beginner. Here are the steps we took:
- Use the pillar drill to cut 3 holes.
- Shape the tenons by filer and sand paper. This is the hardest and most time consuming part. There are 3 legs and 2 smaller stickers that stabilize the structure. This took about half a day. It was very tricky to get a tight fit and do it consistently on all the legs.
- Use the router to round the stool top edges. Sand the leg end to rounded shape. Sand the surfaces. Then assemble it.
- Mark the wedge direction on the top of the legs so that they are perpendicular to the wood grain on the stool top. Use the hand saws to cut open a gap for the wedges. Then drill a hole at the end of the opening so that it releases pressure when the wedge is going in, otherwise the leg will break in half.
- Put the glue on and assemble. Put in the wedges.
- Use a flush cut saw to cut off the part that are sticking out of the stool top.
- Sand the surfaces. Clean out the glue. Take tons of pictures.
- I still need to apply the oil to coat the wood.