I’m happy to report that I gained a little speed and the weave looked much neater. So much so that I dismantled several courses on the first stool and re-worked it so that there wasn’t such a marked difference between the two. Not a dramatic difference, but it would have driven me crazy if I hadn’t fixed it.
Just about everything I have read or watched says that the fibre rush should be sealed with a couple of coats of clear shellac or something similar. This adds a bit of durability and stain resistance to the seat. So I dutifully complied with shellac.
The first coat took a good bit of shellac and I was a little worried that the uneven appearance wouldn’t subside once everything was dry.
The first coat did indeed dry to an even, albeit, darker color and the second coat went on quickly. I also took the time to add one more coat of Tried & True original to the frames of the stools.
With that, I’m calling these stools done.
Either hubris or taking the blame. Not sure which.
Installed into the kitchen.
Part 4 Greg Merritt