Dual-Cat Stepping Stool

  • Advertise with us
Project by Timothy M. Shead posted 01-20-2010 07:55 AM 2335 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?

10 comments so far

View woodworm's profile


14168 posts in 3100 days

#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!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

View Bradford's profile


1434 posts in 3332 days

#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.

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

View rseabrease's profile


55 posts in 2600 days

#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.

-- Richard

View mmh's profile


3666 posts in 3232 days

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

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

View a1Jim's profile


115360 posts in 3087 days

#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.

-- Custom furniture

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile


12706 posts in 2666 days

#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…

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

View Loucarb's profile


2388 posts in 2955 days

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

Great looking stool.

View Rey's profile


7 posts in 3333 days

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

Very nice stool. Is that 3/4” poplar?

-- Fine sawdust maker and Festool enthusiast

View Timothy M. Shead's profile

Timothy M. Shead

11 posts in 2939 days

#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.


View WarrenOfTheBosque's profile


1 post in 2517 days

#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‚Ķ

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics