I decided to take my wife’s strong hinting that dowels would “look better” than capped screws as a justification to pick up some new woodworking tools and accessories. Stopped by my local Woodcraft this evening and picked up a dowel center set. I almost spent some more money for a doweling jig, but decided to use my Kreg shelf pin jig to make myself a drill guide (I don’t have a drill press at home). After a few minutes of creative clamping (no vise either) and dril...
A few weeks ago, I was looking through my humble wood stash and saw a few large boards of remaining fir from my Wing Chun Dummy project and wondered what I could make for my family that would be a practical use of material. Later that day, I had to lift my daughter up to the sink to wash her hands, when it hit me that a step stool would be useful. Knowing that I have plans on making the Popular Woodworking I Can Do That Step Stool, I had to come up with a different design for the fir. Be...
Lolas step stoolrestored with love. I have a friend in Denmark Lola is her name.Lola is not only a wonderful person a writer and a poet of nature, she is also the owner of this wonderful old stool, that is a family piece.But…The stool was falling apart, so when I visited her home last year on her birthday, I offered her to bring it to my workshop and give it back life, simply for the pleasure of it. Tired after years of use, it needed nothing but a gentle hand to fall apart. Ba...
I have seen this design around for a while, and I wanted to make one for my niece. I decided to make a prototype out of low cost wood to see if the geometry worked out. My biggest concern was fingers getting pinched when moving the step up and down. The stool came out pretty good, I think I will add another dowel to the front of the stool so that the back doesn’t swing all the way down when you pick it up.
Watch this video that gives a quick tour of the furniture I’ve built for my kitchen and family room. The rooms share an open space and this video shows the placement of the furniture in both areas. This table and chair set was a major project completed in two phases. The first phase included the first four chairs and the table. I completed the first chair in Jan 93 and the fourth in Oct 93. The table was completed in Nov 93. The second phase was the fifth and sixth chairs co...
I went into the shop today to finish up a blanket chest. I ended up making a step stool….Here are some pictures and a video.
Shaping The TopThe top of the Bench/Stool features a nice deep curve. This not only looks cool, but adds a lot of additional comfort when sitting. I scribe the shape onto both sides of the top piece using my template. Since the top is supposed to be symmetrical on both sides, I prefer to shape only one side of my template. I then flip it over to scribe the profile on the other side. This way there is no possibility of error and the top should be exactly the same on both sides. I also decid...
Matthew Agate 10 year old craftsman in Newfoundland Canada building a step stool as seen on Woodworking For Mere Mortals. A fan of Steve Ramseys videos, Matthew, was so excited to take on this project. You can find more on Matthew at www.thenewfoundlandwoodworker.com. Download the free plans we put up for the folding step stool and send us a photo. A big thank you to Steve Ramsey for allowing us to reproduce his plans and add them as a free download on our website. Thanks Steve!
To my fellow Lumberjocks and Lumberjockettes, Tommy MacDonald and the WoodExpo 2012 Team have published their ”Call For Entries” for the WoodExpo 2012 juried woodworking competition. By following the link provided below, you can get the news. http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/content/woodexpo/ We LJ’s have a lot of gifted woodworkers here who should get involved. There are two competition categories again next year. The Open category allows you to design and build ...
After recieving MsDebbies post this morning I thought I should take a few pictures of this step stool and enter the kitchen challenge. The step stool was made on the request of MBH as she is sligtly vertically challenged and couldn’t reach the upper cabinets in the kitchen. Since then it has become more of a utilty stool used mostly for painting.The plan was published on the Home Hardware site as a free download. I made it out of pine scraps that I had around the shop. The stool was...
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