Have you ever had one of those wood projects that just didn't come together? Well this months project was the project from hell. The good news is that I learned a lot from it and I hope that you can learn from my mistakes too.
This project started out simple enough. Marilyn wanted a garden stool to set on while she works in the gardens. I figured out the dimensions and went to work designing it. Here's what the design looked like.
Not too bad huh? Well it's made out of 3/4 cedar which is just not strong enough for the narrow details like the tops of the handles and the overhang on the ends. They started breaking off as soon as I put any pressure on them. As you can see in the finished picture I adjusted for the broken weak spots. I chose cedar because I wanted it to be light. It seems to be working OK but I don't think it looks as nice.
Here's a list of materials you'll need to buy.
20' X 3/4" X 6" Cedar.
The two ends are made from three pieces 16 1/4" long glued together and then trimmed to 12" wide.
I used my handy dandy Dowel Jig Pro to make the dowel holes that align and strengthen the edge bonds.
I did the same thing for the seat making it 12" X 24".
I cut the details on the seat and ends as shown below.
Cut the sides 24" X 3 1/4".
Cut two braces 10 1/2 X 1 1/2".
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This is what it looks like: