Easy Vintage Step Stool - Red Alder

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/31/2015 - 15:55

I built this stool for my son of three years.  The wood is from Red Alder trees that blew down on my farm a few years ago.  I milled the logs with a friend and, while alder can behave badly, I always love working with the wood.  The end upright in the image was quite cupped and it cracked when I screwed it down - but it's still rigid and solid.  The wood takes an oil finish beautifully!  Chose to drill and plug the screws, instead of using pocket screws.  Gives it a nice rustic look, and is easy to recoat when a touchup is required.

Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Red Alder
Finish Used
Polyurethane and Boiled Linseed Oil Blend
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate