Jay Bates inspired stepping stool

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Just a quick stool made from some super inexpensive pine. They had a stack of #2 1×12”x2’ boards for a buck a piece, so I picked out a few that were mostly straight. Built this for the boss here at work. It’s pretty sturdy. Pocket hole joinery just like Jay did in his original video.

Nothing to write home about. First project I used the new (to me) Craftsman 113 tablesaw on.

A quick note – if you zoom on the top you might notice some seemingly out of place oak plugs. They’re completely non functional. Sadly a couple of pocket screws on one side came through the top. Used a forstner bit to drill a hole, and made some oak plugs (2 on each side so it was at least symmetrical).

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 03:52 PM

Josh, that stool is a very nice clean project. Well done!.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 06-09-2014 03:55 PM

Looks good. Nice stain on the wood. Bet the boss is thrilled.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 03:58 PM

Looks good Josh! You got a nice even finish on the pine without any blotching and that’s to be commended.

Howd the new table saw work out for ya?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 04:22 PM

Thanks for the kind words folks!

The table saw has been a bit of a roller coaster, actually, Stef. The pulleys were pretty far out of alignment, so I unmounted the motor, pulled off the belt and the pulleys. Found that the pulley on the arbor spindle (is that even correct terminology?) was missing the key way (again, terminology? maybe they’re called woodruff keys?) and the allen screw was just screwed down in it to keep it in place.

I shrugged it off, figured if it worked before I guess it’ll work now.

Put it back together, got the pulleys nice and aligned (the pulley on the motor spindle, on the other hand, did have the key way) and fired up the saw. The vibration was minimal. Got the saw blade parallel after some adjustments to the trunnion bolts. I was stoked, man. The vibration was reduced so much, in fact, I figured I’d give the old nickel test a shot.

Got my nickel. Set it on the table saw. Fired it up. Nickel stayed put. I actually recorded this with my video camera. Perhaps I should upload it because what happened next was a real thrill.

The table started to vibrate after about 15 seconds…..and more….and more…..and PA-CHING! – a piece of something went flying. Shortly thereafter the arbor pulley fell to the floor with the belt. Scared the crap outta me.

After a quick assessment I learned the key way on the motor pulley is what went flying (can’t believe it went flying and the pulley stayed on the spindle!). I thought back to when I heard the noise, and actually managed to find it in my mess of a shop in all of about 30 seconds.

Anyway….after that I got everything in place again and tightened the crap out of the allen screws on the pulleys and got it back to satisfactory. Built a sled for the saw this weekend, but that pulley has once again started to slip which has resulted with my sled being every so slightly off of 90 degrees to the front fence.

Not going to use the saw any more until I get a proper key way for the arbor spindle/pulley – I was also told that I may want to invest in some machined pulleys instead of the forged pulleys that are on there, but I haven’t had much luck sourcing any of those.

I’m not gonna continue using the saw until I have it properly set up, though….probably shouldn’t have used it this weekend without the pulley being 100% secure.

I’m not a smart man, but I know what wood is.

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 04:36 PM

simple and fun. Nice!

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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#6 posted 06-19-2014 01:47 AM

Looks good. Never would have noticed the plugs. Very functional project.

-- Jay -

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