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Project by Timothy M. Shead posted 1645 days ago 1871 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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woodworm

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#1 posted 1645 days ago

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!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Bradford

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#2 posted 1645 days ago

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.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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rseabrease

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#3 posted 1645 days ago

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.

-- Richard

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mmh

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#4 posted 1645 days ago

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

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1645 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#6 posted 1645 days ago

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…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Loucarb

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#7 posted 1645 days ago

Great looking stool.

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Rey

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#8 posted 1629 days ago

Very nice stool. Is that 3/4” poplar?

-- Fine sawdust maker and Festool enthusiast

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Timothy M. Shead

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#9 posted 1627 days ago

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.

Cheers,
Tim

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WarrenOfTheBosque

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#10 posted 1604 days ago

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‚Ķ

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