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Papillon Instructions


How to finish your Papillon Table

Your DIY kit includes;

  • All the wooden elements in their natural state made from FSC® certified 100% Canadian maple plywood
  • Wood dowels
  • Cotton webbing straps with stainless steel fixtures
  • Cotton canvas wood-block printed back-pack

You can finish your stool any way you wish. We have chosen white oil.   

You will need;

  • Sandpaper (120, 240 and 320 grit)
  • Dust Cloth
  • Finish of your Choice
  • Related Tools
  • Wood Glue

Step 1 

Sand all the edges with the 120 grit sandpaper.

Step 2 

Sand all the edges and faces with the 240 grit sandpaper. Make sure to follow the direction of the grain. Their are two holes in the table top. One is the handle, the other is the slot for the book holder. Sand the handle, not the slot for the book holder. 

Step 3

Wipe off all the dust using the cloth.

Step 4

Follow the instructions for your choice of finish. Normally these are written on the back of the container. Wait at least 24 hours after the last coat to continue. You are not obligated to put a finish at all if you like the touch and feel of the naked wood. 

Step 5

Use the 320 grit sand paper to polish the pieces. Again make sure that you follow the grain of the wood. 

Step 6

Use the cloth to wipe away any remaining dust. 

Step 7

Glue the book-holder and the leg supports with the wood glue. The two smaller pieces are the leg supports, the other piece is the book-holder. Spread the glue underneath the leg supports, and on the bottom faces of the book-holder. Next spread the glue in the base of the pockets and on the inside of the slot. With both faces covered in glue, insert the pieces. Making sure to flip the table over before inserting the the book-holder. Wipe away any excess glue. 

Step 8

Glue the wooden dowels into the legs. Put a small amount of glue into the hole for the dowel. Then push in the dowel into the hole. You may need to press down to make sure it has entered all the way. Wipe away any excess glue. Wait 24 hours for the glue to dry before continuing. 

Step 9

Use the dowels to attach the straps to the table top and legs. The buckles need to lie flat when you fold them over the underside of the table. If you make a mistake, a fork is a handy tool to take it out and try again.

Step 10

Align the legs and use the remaining webbing straps to lace the legs. Place the legs with the dowel at the end face side up and align the other glued in dowels with the book-holder. Follow the video to lace the table.

Enjoy !

That's it ! Don't forget to take a photo of your finished stool and share it back with us by using the hashtag #craftedbyme.