|Project by sbrader||posted 11-17-2015 09:08 PM||1022 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
My wife is quite short and has a hard time reaching items in our wall cabinets. She has kept a cheap plastic step stool around for years so she can reach beyond the front of the bottom shelf. She fell in love with a plan for a Franklin Chair in one of my woodworking books, so we built it together.
A Franklin Chair, for anyone who doesn’t know (I didn’t until I saw it in the book) is a small chair that the front flips up to turn it into a step stool. I probably should have taken the step stool photo from the side more so you can see how it angles back. My photography skills are somewhat lacking, I’m afraid.
My wife immediately put it into the step stool configuration and put decorations on the various steps, so I don’t know if she will ever actually use it as a stool or if it will remain a decoration. Either way, she is happy so I am happy.
The chair is made from Southern Yellow Pine. The treads fit into dadoes on the sides and are glued and screwed with two inch stainless steel screws for strength. The finish is two coats of General Finishes Java Gel Stain with three coats of Satin Arm-R-Seal as a topcoat.
-- Scottie McScottie