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
Polyurethane and Boiled Linseed Oil Blend
Recommended Skill Level