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Project by Boneski posted 1721 days ago 1437 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was requested by the LOML that some small steps be created to make reaching certain household items possible.
I picked up some very average but cheap plywood and proceeded to chop and glue the bits for two stools (one for the shed too!).
Thought I’d try my hand at edge banding, which turned out well – see close up pics of a join that worked out great!.
Since I don’t have a jointer, I used my router table as one to flatten the timber before chopping it up into edge banding strips.
I finished one with linseed oil / turps and the other with danish oil and satin poly.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#1 posted 1721 days ago

it’s lovely .
I could use one in my kitchen.
Nice job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 1721 days ago

Like it! do you have plans or just in your head. I’d like to build a couple. My other half (5’0”) is always hollering for me to get stuff off the upper shelves. That’s exactly what I need, so she’ll leave me alone, except for the occasional “open this for me”. LOL

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#3 posted 1721 days ago

Nice stools. I’d like the demensions if you don’t mind.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 1720 days ago

Very nice step stools.
I don’t see any void in the plywood. You still can enjoy building furniture out of good ply. Nowadays (in my place) I cannot expect quality ply, even from the “furniture grade” ones. The price keeps soaring up and the quality is going in opposite direction.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 1720 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys.
The plywood was from a salvage yard and was pretty warped…. infact there was some delamination that I relaminated.
The edge banding is really to stop the whole thing from coming apart!
The original plan was to use a drawer lock style of joint on the rung lips (and no nails) but an unfortunate incident with a steel throat plate vs router bit on my router table put a stop to that – not to mention the plate nearly going through the impeller on my dust extractor – yikes!
I’ve since done away with the steel throat plates in favour of acrylic ones, for obvious reasons.

I did make them up without any plans, but I’ll take some measurements and post them.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#6 posted 1695 days ago

Hey guys you’ll be glad to know I finally drew up some plans and posted them.
They’re in millimetres, because that’s the way we roll here in Australia.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#7 posted 1695 days ago

Dimensions are also without the edge banding.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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