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Red Oak sliding step stool

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Project by Kent Fletcher posted 2508 days ago 4336 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve actually built several of these. Nothing but red oak glued up and shaped. Usta go to an engraver a couple of towns over, get names engraved into the top step, but that’s kinda fallen by the wayside. Finished with 2 coats of hand-rubbed poly.

-- Fletch, Texas





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jockmike2

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#1 posted 2508 days ago

Nice little stool, my wife at 4’ 10 I think would really like somthing like that. Thats why I don’t let her see these pictures. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 2507 days ago

Great stool Kent. Very useful. I like the finish.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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frank

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#3 posted 2506 days ago

Hello Fletch;
—-this is very nice, the lines are simple and yet the red oak makes for what appears to be sturdy construction.

Also I like the ‘hand-rubbed’ poly that you’ve used on your project, which makes for not only a use me step stool, but also a use me finish. Great project here and….

Thank you for sharing.
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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Chris

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#4 posted 2487 days ago

Fletch,

Nice stool. Was this your design or did you have plan of some kind?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Kent Fletcher

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#5 posted 2487 days ago

Chris,

The plans came from an ancient Woodsmith. I need to make another one, thanks for the reminder! I modified it a bit as I went, but it’s still the same basic design.

Fletch

Forgot something: I also posted the pic over at woodworkslive.com. Another fellow copied it from the pic for his wifemate, but the bottom step doesn’t slide in. Now she can reach the top cabinets without having to drag a chair over or jump on the counter. :D

-- Fletch, Texas

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mot

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#6 posted 2486 days ago

I like these little stools. I might have to make one for my little guy as he starts to use various sinks in the house. Nice piece!

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

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Kent Fletcher

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#7 posted 2486 days ago

Thanks, Tom. The first one I built for my nephew went to his son, who, yes, used it at the sink in the bathroom. As the #2 son came along, the stool came apart, and there was ample height for #1 son to use the bottom step for his needs, and lil bro to use the upper one. I also made one for my great-niece, and she uses it to get in her bed. I had enough foresight to get her name lasered in the top before I did the final assembly. They ARE handy, no doubt!

-- Fletch, Texas

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mot

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#8 posted 2486 days ago

Yes, they look like just the trick. Fun little project I bet, too.

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

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Kent Fletcher

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#9 posted 2486 days ago

Well, I don’t know about “fun” to build, but it IS fun to see eyes light up!

When I find the issue of Woodsmith, I’ll post it here.

-- Fletch, Texas

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GMman

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#10 posted 2298 days ago

very very nice

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#11 posted 1564 days ago

5/10, in the process of building one at the moment. Good project. It has been fun as well as challenging.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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