During my stool project a lot of thinking and planning was involved in order to complete the project accurately and successfully. The first step was finding out all the measurements by measuring an example of a stool done previously. I needed to find a piece of wood that fit the pieces with the least amount of waste.
I had to think of what was the next few steps which is breakout. I used the appropriate machines which was needed, then came the harder part which was making all the pieces fit together. I used my knowledge of the project to make the legs successfully fit together. In order for there to be no gaps in between the pieces during the glueing process, I needed to shift things around then tighten the clamps some more. This part was the more frustrating part because things tended to fall since I only have two hands sadly and I could not hold everything all at once. This is where a partner really helped out with holding my pieces so the would not fall and lean over or shift. After the frame was all together, I needed to sand everything to perfection trusting my eyes to sand in the right areas, feel around for roughness then sand some more. I needed to think about whether or not my project needed the roughest grain of sandpaper which it did not since there were no big scratches, so I went ahead and got the less rough sand paper grain.
When the base of my stool was all done I needed to find a fabric that would best suit the colour of the would and the size of my stool. I then needed to wrap my cushion and insure there were no bumps in the fabric especially in the corners which made me pull pinch and pull some more.
Things that I encountered along the way…
I can experiment with different ways of doing things: while I was covering the cushion with fabric I found out that for the corners just focusing on one side instead of both was much easier and more effect for me. It allowed for the least amount of bumps.
I can explore materials and actions: When learning and trying new things during the steps of making my stool I was not discouraged but instead I actually tried my best which paid off in the long run.
I make my ideas work or change what I am doing: When I cut a rail two short (12 inches instead of 13), I didn’t panic but I instead made two rails 12 inches, while the other two were 13 inches. The only difference this made was that my stool shape was less of a square and more of a rectangle.