This week our task is to make 5 of the same object. I decided to make some stools for the house. As we only have one chair, when friends come over, everyone just sits on the floor. It's about time to progress our butts to another wooden surface.
Inspired by Donald Judd, the stool I had in mind is something simple that could also function as a shelving unit.
I prototyped a cardboard version (when I had the plexi glass sheet in mind still) before buying the wood to see the proportions. At first I wanted to combine plywood with a slide of plexi glass, but after consideration of time and my zero experience with cutting wood, I toned it down a bit. After confirming all the sheet size and how to arrange them, I ordered the pre-cut plywood from midtown lumber with the exact dimensions.
My main job for this project is to drill holes for dowel pins and connect the pieces together. At first I thought this was going to be easy and quick, since I have the magic tool - Dowel pin jig from Ben. But but but, of course it was exactly the opposite. While making the first pancake, I drilled too deep in the wood that it drilled through. I also had two other major problems to solve:
1 how to make the holes on different wood sheets to perfectly align with each other in a fast way, I had 80 holes to drill! ( the holes need to be perfectly aligned with holes from another sheet, as I will need to assemble them together with a dowel pin)
2 how to drill a hole that is exactly deep as half of the dowel pin. ( which only did I find out I could use a drill stopper on the driver, after I have finished all five of the stools! )
3 how not to drill the hole at the wrong position, as all the wood sheets look the same