Hoosier Stools

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another from the archives….

Built: Christmas 2004

I have made probably half a dozen of these over the last couple of years. Here I “mass produced” and gave away as gifts. One from this “run” (not shown) did not make it and was condemned to be a shop stool….mortises where way wrong and seat all warped.

One side up, you have a “sit on top stool” .... flip it over you have a step ladder. Great for the kitchen.

The plan is from one of the woodworking magazines.

If I remember correctly they where originally manufactured by the Hoosier Company.

The little step stool was for my nephew to get high enough to brush his teeth at the bathroom sink.

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#1 posted 09-04-2007 03:12 AM

Great projects. I’ve always wanted to make some myself, Still hope to someday. Great gift idea !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 09-04-2007 02:56 PM

well isn’t that cool.

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#3 posted 09-04-2007 04:07 PM

Unique and practical, two of my favorite qualities in a project. Great job, thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 09-04-2007 04:22 PM

Nice looking stools Mike. A stepladder and stool combined. A great combination for the workshop.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 09-04-2007 08:26 PM

Great looking work! Nice practical gift – something someone can actually use. I love those kinds of gifts.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 09-05-2007 01:04 AM


Nice job! I wrote that article on the Step Saver for Woodworker’s Journal. It’s so cool to see someone making things from my plans! Thanks for sharing.


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#7 posted 09-05-2007 01:55 AM

now isn’t that fascinating—it’s like the little step came full circle, ...

You both must be very proud—the designer…. and the woodworker!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 09-05-2007 03:49 AM


Being a freelancer, I don’t often see a lot of feedback from my articles. Sometimes, someone will e-mail some questions and the editors will forward them to me to answer, but generally I don’t really know which articles get built, so it is way cool to see things like this.


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#9 posted 09-05-2007 04:03 AM

Ralph – you be happy to know that a guy I work with did the same thing – made a few as gifts… so your design is being used. I will probably make a few more here soon too. I have a few requests on “back order” that need fulfilled.

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#10 posted 09-05-2007 04:49 AM

Just some great woodworking skills shown here. Thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 09-05-2007 05:14 AM

Great Handi and Mike. You wouldn’t have the article on a pdf do you?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 09-05-2007 06:20 PM

Nice stools!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 03-08-2008 02:44 AM

I like em, too. Nice finish

-- Jason, AL

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#14 posted 03-28-2008 12:28 PM

Hi Mike,

You posted this before I came on board but I am glad it surfaced on my review list. I am sure these made nice gifts. Not only are they good looking pieces but you can actually use them as well. And they are multi-purpose too. What is not to like about them!!!

thanks for the post.

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#15 posted 06-30-2009 03:30 AM

For those that wondered, the step stool article (and many others) are now free to download from my website:


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