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Yvie's Step Stool (Christmas Present)

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Having a soon to be 3 year old grand daughter gives me a great excuse to play in the shop. I built this step stool for her. The sides were made from a single piece of peruvian walnut, hand planed from rough cut 4/4 to about 3/4. The step treads are Black American Walnut, also hand planed from 4/4 stock. The slightly irregular DT’s were hand cut. The finish is two coats of BLO followed by 4 coats of a 2# cut of HOCKS, Blonde dewaxed shellac. Built from Tommy MacDonalds MLW website, Project #2,The Ira Richer Shaker Step Stool plans.

Merry Christmas Ya’ll

Bruce (AKA FLWoodRat)

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 1579 days ago

Walnut kicks butt for any project.
And man, did that ever finish nicely!
I bet that’ll look nice 30 years from now !

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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CanalboatJim

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#2 posted 1579 days ago

Aren’t granddaughters wonderful things. I built a similar stool for my granddaughter. Now that she has outgrown it she uses to show off her Cabbage Patch dolls.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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Jimi_C

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#3 posted 1579 days ago

Nice, you definitely did justice to that project. I can’t wait for Tommy and crew to post more… I’ve watched every one of his videos, many more than once. I’ve watched the hand-cut dovetail episodes for the step stools several times each.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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FlWoodRat

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#4 posted 1578 days ago

Gentlemen,

Thanks for your comments.

Woodwrecker: Yes walnut is awesome. I have two more projects on the drawing board for which i will be using both the Peruvian Walnut and/or American Black Walnut. Interesting, I found the Peruvian Walnut to be much softer and oilier than the American Black Walnut. It also reacted differently to the BLO application as it took much longer to fully absorb and cure.

Canalboat Jim I have to agree with you about Granddaughters. I truly believe that they are God’s gift to us for allowing our teenaged kids to survive. By the way Ellie’s stool looks great but she is much cuter and looks thrilled with your gift. It looks like it was built well enough that she will never “out grow it”. You and i are lucky men GrandPa.

Jimi-C I’m glad that you visited and studied our MLW forums. If you have not already done so, sign up as a member and get involved. We appreciate having new input. FYI, Tommy will be releasing a DVD on the Ira Richer step stool build in the very near future (perhaps by the middle of January). Pick one up and get choppin.’ As a ‘learning’ woodworker, I found it to be a fairly easy build. If you have or have access to planes, planers and jointers, you can build it from ‘rough’ stock. Otherwise it can be built from store bought S4S materials that are readily available at your local Big Box Store.

Ya’ll have a great Holiday Season and fun in your shops.

Bruce

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Jimi_C

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#5 posted 1578 days ago

I’m a MLW forum lurker :) I’ll definitely sign up though, when the in-shop cameras go live. I’ve mentioned it elsewhere, but I believe I’m getting a new set of chisels and the Grizzly wet grinder for x-mas, so hopefully I’ll be able to get my hand-cut dovetail skills up to snuff. The MLW step stool would definitely be the first one I’d do. I’ve already got the planer/jointer setup, just waiting to complete my hand tool collection, if only jerks would stop out-bidding me for hand planes on ebay :D

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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Bob Kollman

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#6 posted 1577 days ago

That step stool is classic, very nice.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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FlWoodRat

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#7 posted 1572 days ago

Well, the step stool got delivered on Monday and it was a hit… Granddaughter put it right to use.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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