Cherry and Mahogany Step Stool

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 01-12-2017 05:26 AM 1311 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually completed this stool back in the Spring and realize I never posted it as a project.

My wife said she wanted a step stool to reach the upper shelves in the closet, but also wanted it to do double duty as a stand of sorts so it didn’t just look like a stool sitting in the corner. She wanted to put a plant or two on it and maybe some art object and then remove them to use the stool on the very limited occasions when she wanted to reach the top shelf in the walk-in.

I had some cherry I picked up without a use in mind and this seemed to be the perfect project for it. It also provided a relatively easy project for me to try my hand at with only hand tools. It was all planed and cut by hand. The structure is cherry and the trim is mahogany. It’s finished with a homemade wiping varnish.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 05:49 AM

That’s gorgeous Bill. Such great work on the joints. Your wife should find it very uplifting (to the upper shelves, that is)

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 05:57 AM

Thanks Rich. Man I never really gave any thought to my hand sawing. I’ve done plenty of it for carpentry, but for woodworking, it’s an entirely different craft. Softer woods are easy, but the cherry was a new experience in testing my hand-eye coordination LOL

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 12:23 PM

Very nice work!

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 01:25 PM

Finish and color look amazing.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 03:09 PM

Love the cherry there. Nice tight joints, too!

Also, very, very jealous that my basement workshop doesn’t allow a wonderful window-view above my workbench like yours does. You take it for granted, I’m sure—but what a gift!

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#7 posted 01-12-2017 03:38 PM

This is a beautiful step stool and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 01-12-2017 06:32 PM


-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 01-12-2017 11:24 PM

Bill, very nice bit of work. Good hand tool work.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 01-13-2017 03:28 AM

Wow. That’s great work. Nice bench too!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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