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Project by bsherman posted 12-22-2009 05:19 AM 1372 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A step stool for my wife to reach the top cabinets. There were several firsts for me here, hand cut dovetails on the front and a sliding dovetail in the back. It was fun. All scraps so no pressure.

It also works as a great time out chair.

-- Brian





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Kacy

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 05:36 AM

I like this project, as the design looks as if it could have come from the 18th century. How stable is it when your wife if up on it and reaching for something?

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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Monty Queen

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 05:39 AM

Great job, I love those dovetails

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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bsherman

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 06:07 AM

Thanks! It’s more stable than it looks. No tips yet. The handle gives a good grip and it leans back slightly, which might not be obvious in the pictures.

-- Brian

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 07:28 AM

Looks good from here. How did you join the brace?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 07:41 AM

This is totally cool step stool very neat design and super workmanship. I really like this.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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rseabrease

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 03:04 PM

I really like the simplicity of the lines on the stool. The large front dovetails are a great feature and very well-proportioned. You did a great job and should be quite proud of this project. What type of wood did you use?

-- Richard

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DaddyT

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 04:48 PM

Very nice. Looks like one I saw in an Amish woodworking book. You did great on those dovetails.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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bsherman

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#8 posted 12-23-2009 05:43 AM

Thanks everybody.

TopmaxSurvivor, the back of the brace is a regular mortise and the front is a sliding dovetail. It went together like a puzzle and I had a hard time getting it apart from the dry fit.

rseabrease, this is quarter sawn red oak.

-- Brian

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 12-23-2009 06:51 AM

Those are nice tight jointsif you have a bit of trouble getting it back apart !!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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