Dual-Cat Stepping Stool

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Project by Timothy M. Shead posted 01-20-2010 07:55 AM 2509 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We currently have a store-bought stool that only allows one-cat-at-a-time to look out the window. This double-wide version is intended to bring peace to the family … it’s made of poplar (easy to find) and finished with a salad-bowl finish for safety. The horizontal braces underneath the steps are glued into rabbets in the sides. The steps were simply glued to the sides / braces because I didn’t have any better ideas, so I’d be interested to hear how others would handle their joinery. Dowels?

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 09:21 AM

You’re so lucky cats, you got very beautiful stepping stool and in fact much much better than my wife bought one. Great design very, nicely done!

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 02:45 PM

The glue will work strong enough for cats and small children. If heavier steppers were the case, I’d say reinforce the joints with dowels. But that is a cool cat perch anyway.

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 04:18 PM

Well done – excellent design. For joinery another option is through tenons for both the sides and top. But I really think the way you did this will more than suffice for the cats.

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#4 posted 01-20-2010 05:04 PM

Personally, I think the cats would love Dove Tails. }:)~
Nicely done.

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#5 posted 01-20-2010 06:42 PM

Great Design looks good. I think you might have problems with wood move movement when you glue with a cross grain situation.

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#6 posted 01-20-2010 08:22 PM

Very nice and simple design… Personally, I would probably have gone with a simple pocket hole system through the cross members into the underside of the steps. This would allow a small amount of movement within the wood for the dreaded seasonal shift. They are very simple and would be hidden as long as the step stool is placed against a wall… Just my thoughts…

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#7 posted 01-20-2010 11:59 PM

Great looking stool.

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 04:27 PM

Very nice stool. Is that 3/4” poplar?

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 03:52 AM

Yep, 3/4” poplar from Lowes … the steps and sides were glued-up from a combination of 2” and 3” leftovers that I had on hand.


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#10 posted 03-02-2010 06:59 PM

It looks great! I don’t think seasonal movement will be an issue as the steps and riser expand/contract in the same dimension (the grain runs the same way in both). I would have biscuited the step to the riser. Also, kudos to your bedroom interior decorator – I think I’ll suggest the leopard skin motif to my wife…

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