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Step Stool #3: Slight Design Modification

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Blog entry by Eric posted 06-19-2008 04:04 AM 913 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This one’s for you, Betsy!

Commenting on my latest entry and picture, Betsy pointed out that step stools normally have angled legs. And it didn’t take too long browsing the step stools posted here to show me that yup, the legs really should be wider at the base than at the top. Makes sense. So I glued one more board on the legs and here’s what I’ve got:

Redesign of Legs

After I do the dovetails, I’ll cut a nice gentle curve from top to bottom on the outsides of the legs. I think I’ll also cut a curve out of the middle of the base, too.

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com



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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 06-19-2008 04:07 AM

sounds cool. can’t wait to see the finished project!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 06-19-2008 04:19 AM

Great modification. It will help the legs to sit better if you cut an arch in the bottom. What many do not realize is that a wide foot does not rest as well as separate feet on a potentially uneven floor.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Betsy

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#3 posted 06-19-2008 04:54 AM

Glad I was able to add some food for thought.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 06-19-2008 05:07 AM

Betsy always has some great food for thought.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Eric

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#5 posted 06-19-2008 05:13 AM

Quick follow-up question. I was thinking that the bottom arch would be the length of those two middle boards (which would leave the two outer ones as the width of the feet). Does that sound good?

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 06-19-2008 05:26 AM

Eric,

Off hand and looking at the photo, I think that it would look proper.

As I understand it, the arch would end right on the joint of those pieces. That is actually good thinking on the layout of the joints and the design element. Considering these types of details are what makes a good piece great.

Granted your piece is simple, but that is really beside the point. The real point here is that you considered this element of the design which you will take to other pieces in the future. This is a tremendous lesson from such a humble project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 06-19-2008 05:29 AM

Looking at it again, I would have to say that it was a good decision to go wider on the legs. Betsy is right, it will add a good amount of stability.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Eric

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#8 posted 06-19-2008 05:34 AM

Thanks Todd. Actually, the design element was a bit by accident, since I originally only had the legs at three boards wide (so the arch would not have originally ended at the joints). But like you said, it’s a good education which will better inform future projects.

Appreciate your feedback!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 06-19-2008 05:42 AM

The principles learned and skills that are honed on a project like this are invaluable and often overlooked. The same principles and skills will continually be applied to projects in the future.

As time goes by and the projects collect in your house, you will look at each and remember them by the lessons that each taught you.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Dorje

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#10 posted 06-19-2008 07:14 AM

Looks like you’re having fun with this – and you’re getting great feedback from Betsy and Todd! You’re laying out those dovetails right now aren’t you!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 06-19-2008 07:49 AM

sounds good. The idea to make the legs wider is a good idea it adds looks but also adds stabillity.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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