Step Stools Revisited

I have made quite a few of these step stools over the last couple years. I decided to try making them more visually appealing. This first attempt used the router with a V-bit to trace a grape vine pattern on each side. A dark walnut stain was carefully placed in the V-bit track to make the design stand out.

The next experiment used the router and V-bit again, but then I used a Transtint dye to color the area inside the V-bit trough. After letting it dry overnight, the whole area was flooded with a Watco Oil finish. The tricky part is trying to keep the dye from getting into the V-bit trough. Next time, before I use the router, I will finish sand the sides to at least 320 grit. That should make the Watco Oil finish area ligher, and make the dyed area stand out more.

Footstool with Epoxy Inlay

I have wanted to try using colored epoxy for an inlay. Zack helped me modify this Celtic 'Tree of Life' drawing. I created a template, and traced it on the top of a foot stool I was working on. The original artwork was created by Cari Buziak who allows free personal - non-profit use. Her template is available at:

Stool legs with epoxy inlay on two sides.

Here is a photo of the top of the stool after the colored Epoxy was applied, allowed to dry, and sanded. I used Transtint dye to color the epoxy. A single drop was too much for 5 ml of Epoxy.

Finished stool. Live Oak center and legs. African Mahagony and Red Oak was used to wrap around the Live Oak top.