Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rustic stool

Materials: Oddvar stool

Description: I recently purchased an Orgel lamp, but was dissatisfied with it's height - it needed a boost. Looking around ikea, I discovered the ODDVAR stool, which was the perfect height (and price). I felt the unfinished pine was a bit dull, but I didn't want to stain/paint it either. I had heard of wood burning and decided to try it out.

Here's what you'll need:

ODDVAR stool
propane torch (make sure to get a thin canister so it's easier to hold)
Medium grain sandpaper
Fine grain sandpaper


1. Assemble the stool.
2. Using the medium grain sandpaper, gently sand the entire piece. This helps with the buring process.
3. *use extreme caution- and perform these steps outside!* Now light the blowtorch. Barely turn the gas on, you don't want a fireball! Adjust the flame till it's about 2 inches long.
4. Go to town on the stool. Try to keep the flame moving for even burning. Keep in mind that you will sand off a bit of the color, so it will end up lighter as a finished product. NOTE: some sap may work its way out of the wood and flame up for a bit - particularly around the knots.
5. After desired color has been achieved, re-sand the stool with the medium grain to remove soot and excess char.

6. Make sure to remove any dust left from the sanding. At this point I simply added a coat of polyurethane. However, if you would like to stain the piece, here is where you would do it(before the polyurethane). Allow to dry 2-3 hours.
7. Using the fine grain sandpaper, gently sand the stool again. NOTE: it's best to use a face mask, as polyurethane contains toxic elements not good for inhalation!
8. Add a final coat of polyurethane and allow to dry.

~ Amanda B.


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