Step stool for niece and nephew

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Project by rawb posted 09-28-2009 03:28 AM 1566 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister in law wanted a step stool for her kids. I made this but am not too happy with it. I used B.E. Maple plywood for the sides. I should have used some boards. I didn’t want to use iron on edge banding to cover up the plywood so I ripped some oak ond glued it on. The oak split in some areas but it’s not too bad. The side plugs are cherry and used pine plugs for the steps. It actually looked better after I applied some poly. I showed her a pic of it and she loved it so that’s all that matters.

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#1 posted 09-28-2009 03:36 AM

It looks fine to me. We are sometimes our own worse critics.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 09-28-2009 03:40 AM

Yes we are…. and thanks

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#3 posted 09-28-2009 03:46 AM

And I thought oak was a design statement, looks great to me

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 09-28-2009 05:22 AM

If the weight is not an issue, it is a great step stool. The design in absolutely very fine and the shape is practical.
You did great job, rawb!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 09-28-2009 11:06 AM

I can see why your sister liked it. It’s really a good looking stool. We’re never entirely satisfied with our work, but others don’t see the miniscule flaws. Be Proud!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 09-28-2009 02:19 PM

Thanks guys. I actually feel better about it now. There is only one coat of poly on it in that picture. A few more coats than it’s done.

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#7 posted 09-29-2009 07:43 AM

I agree that it’s a good looking stool.

-- Jason

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#8 posted 09-29-2009 11:03 AM

I think it has a nice appeal to it, and sure your like 95% of us that are very hard on ourselves with every project we make.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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