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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 02-20-2010 01:20 AM 5034 reads 24 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Don’t worry…I promise I won’t rap in this project!

I really like to use wood that I can find for free whenever possible. Basically, I’m a cheapskate. I love to browse through the “free” section on Craigslist every morning. Often times people are giving away free wood. You gotta act quick: it usually goes fast.

So this is a little stepstool I made a few months ago. It’s highly functional, sturdy, and simple to make. And free!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 02-20-2010 01:23 AM

Nice stool, and priced right.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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Ray Friddle

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 01:32 AM

Yeahh! This post is great. The stool is sweet (I want to make one now), the price is in my range, and the Hoff is represented in all his glory!

-- Ray

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 01:36 AM

“Stevinmarin” is just “cool” spelled really….really….really wrong :)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 02-20-2010 02:24 AM

Love it Steve. I am always looking for neat projects to do with my grandkids. Making a camping stool would be a great project. Thanks.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#5 posted 02-20-2010 04:51 AM

What a GREAT project. Did you design this yourself? I love it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 02-20-2010 05:15 AM

Steve, I really love your videos. I’m going to have to make one of these!

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#7 posted 02-20-2010 05:16 PM

Turning free stuff into great stuff?! Totally dig the video, the genius stool, and the Dr. House look! Keep rocking on with ya bad self.


-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#8 posted 02-20-2010 06:07 PM

Hey that is great. I used that exact same design to make a table out of butternut. I used to use it as a TV table but it now holds my printer and scanner.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#9 posted 02-20-2010 06:52 PM

Thanks Stevin!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#10 posted 02-20-2010 06:53 PM

Great project and another great video! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#11 posted 02-20-2010 08:10 PM

I need to make this well worth while great little project.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 02-21-2010 03:09 PM

Neat little project. Enjoy your videos. Keep them coming.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#13 posted 02-21-2010 04:09 PM

This video was really fun to watch.

I also agree – a Hoff T-Shirt was a great touch.

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#14 posted 02-21-2010 06:52 PM

Steve … This is a really cool project … it will keep my grandsons busy all day next Saturday. Thanks!

I wonder if anybody has ever told Hugh Laurie that he looks just like Steve In Marin!?

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 03-10-2010 01:39 PM

Cool project

-- Oskars,

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