|Project by greg48||posted 05-07-2016 10:30 PM||1522 views||17 times favorited||13 comments|
I was looking for a step stool design that my mother and grandmother had in their kitchens in the 50’s (theirs were made of chrome tubing & vinyl seat), and I found this design on “The Sorted Details” (here) with free plans available. In addition, a downloadable SketchUp model by John Sprofera was also available – Perfect!
I did amend the model to add an additional 3 inches to the stool height (27” total) so that YiaYia (wife) could sit comfortably at the stove, added mortise & tenon joinery (both stopped and thru), and added a 2” apron beneath the seat to add structural rigidity and to aesthetically tie in the top angled brace. The steps were dadoed 1/8” to aid in assembly and screwed & plugged. The seat is held down by pocket screws from the backside of the aprons. The thru tenons were kept “proud” by 1/8” and the 8 degree wedges were cut from some mahogany found in the scrap bin. The thru tenons were chamfered at 45 degrees as were all appropriate edge profiles. The step pivot is a 1” diameter maple dowel and the step assembly is kept centered in the stool with short spacers made from a 1 1/2” turned dowel with a 1” hole drilled thru it. The pivot dowel is kept in place with a dab of glue in one of the leg holes.
The piece as pictured is made of soft maple with a Danish Oil/Stain applied. No preliminary surface prep was done other than sanding and the resultant staining turned out what I would term UGLY. It will be painted!! These pictures are offered only for the design and joinery techniques used. Although the finish was a fail, I was pleased with the design, construction and joinery. It was a first for me in using a thru splined tenon technique and will be using it again.
Thanks for look’n in and keep the man-glitter flying.
-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"