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« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2010 06:44:12 AM »

It is so beautiful - I want to make one! Smiley

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« Reply #21 on: December 26, 2010 12:41:39 PM »

Joe - that's awesome!  I just clicked on it from the front page because it was a mushroom house and I started scrolling down thinking that this is very cool.  Then all of the sudden...  there's Danni!  lol.  Danni is lucky.  That's one very awesomely amazing toadstool! Cheesy

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« Reply #22 on: December 26, 2010 04:59:22 PM »

I just adore this project.  Thank you for sharing so many images.

« Reply #23 on: December 26, 2010 09:02:47 PM »

Since some people have wanted to make this I am posting a tutorial for making this.

To make this you will need:

1) 1 Log (mine was 8" wide and about 16" tall)
2) 2' x 2' 5/8ths Pine Plywood (x2)
3) 3" Lag bolts and washers (x8)
4) 1 yard thick fabric (I used red denim)
5) About 1/2 a yard of a lighter color (I used a tan color for the underside)
6) 1/8" piece of balsa wood.
7) Floral Tape
8 ) Small piece of Plexiglas
9) LED Flickering candle
10) Extra wiring
11) Brass nails
12) Poly-fill
13) Decorative pieces (Stones, Moss, Butterflies, etc.)
14) Paint
15) Stain
16) Polyurethane

Tools you will need:

1) Drill
2) Hole Saw bits
3) Forstner Bits
4) Chisels
5) Utility Knife
6) Staple Gun
7) Soldering gun
8 ) Chop Saw or Chain Saw
9) Jigsaw
10) Dremel
11) Gorilla Glue (expanding white glue kind)
12) Epoxy (or E-6000)

So here we go.

1) Start with a log, Cut the log down to the correct size and make it flat on both ends.

2) Use a jigsaw to cut out the seat and base. I made my seat diameter 24" and the base diameter 15"

3) I sealed the top and bottom of the log with polyurethane to prevent any bugs or cracking from happening.

4) I used my hole saw to make two deep cuts hole cuts into the log, 1 for the door, 1 for the window.

5) Using a chisel I chiseled out the wood inside the cuts.

6) I used the forstner bits to make a recessed area for the Lag bolts heads then used a regular drill bit to make a pilot hole for the bolts and attached the base and seat.

7) Using the Plexiglas and stained balsa wood I made a window for the top hole.

8 ) Using a scrap piece of Luann I used the hole saw to cut out a door for the lower hole. And then I used brass nails to outline the door and the utility knife to cut out groves to make the different "Boards" of the door. I also used the cut off wheel of my Dremel to cut off the nail tips.

9) I took a flickering LED Candle, disassembled the board, and re-attached longer wires.

10) I then drilled through the log and then ran the wires through it. I then put three posts in the whole and attached the window (with some issue paper behind it) with epoxy.

11) I attached the door with a hinge.

12) Using the staple gun I upholstered the seat with the red denim, and stuffed it with the Poly-fill. In retrospect I should have used quilting bating to wrap around the seat to soften the edge, but hindsight is 20/20.

13) To hide the wire I used floral tape and Ivy.

14) Using the tan fabric and the staple gun I attached the ruffle underneath the seat, Sorry no picture.

14) Add Moss, and rocks, and butterflies with epoxy to your liking

15) I used the balsa wood to make an eave to go over the window, and then stained it and glued it in place

16) I painted a gnome inside the door to finish it off.

And that is how you make a toadstool stool. If you have any other questions go ahead and ask.
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« Reply #24 on: December 27, 2010 01:44:16 AM »

This is so amazing! I love the way the wood looks. It's hard to explain but you did an awesome job.

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« Reply #25 on: December 27, 2010 05:25:31 AM »

This is fantastic! I love the details. Danni is one lucky lady to have such an awesome hubby who made an awesome stool!

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« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2010 09:33:21 AM »

So cool!  That is one awesome gift!
Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

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« Reply #27 on: December 27, 2010 10:17:19 AM »

Incredibly cool! What a lucky wife to get such a nice gift!
(my favorite part is where the door is open and we see a gnome inside! Cute!)
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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2010 07:44:05 AM »

I can tell you all that it's super comfy to sit on, I've been using it when I work on art at my desk. Cheesy

And yes, I really am one lucky and super happy toadstool recipient! Wink

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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2011 03:01:30 AM »

Fantastic! So many wonderful little details!

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