Folding Step Stool

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Folding Step Stool
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I used 1X Miller Dowels, No screws and Watco Danish Oil. Walnut and I think Ash , some scraps that I’ve had for years. The book is discounted at Amazon I paid $7.98 But this is a easy one day project.
Top Step 16 X 7.75
Step 12.75×7.25
Front legs 22.25 X 4” cut at 60°
Rear legs 19.0375 X 3” cut at 20° round off inside corner at 1 1/16 radius
The Pivot hole is critical I taped rear legs and drilled them both then taped them to the front and drilled them. About 1.25 from the edges.
I have a small lathe so I cut the step dowel but the same could have been produced by inserting a 1/2” dowel into a 1” dowel with glue
2 two” slats support the rear legs. Tools used
Biscuit Jointer on both steps,
Table Saw, Band saw (radius on rear leg) router table, belt & random orbit sanders, and some clamps.
I made this last weekend after seeing Todd’s photo.
Looks much nicer than the molded plastic POS I had been using.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#1 posted 1570 days ago

great looking step stool… nice combination of woods…

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 1570 days ago

It’s a classic project isn’t it? We still use ours all the time. The Watco Danish Oil works if you reapply it every now and then. Any film finish would have been trashed by now, no matter what.

It looks great! Nice wood combo!

Thanks for the heads up:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 1570 days ago

A classic beauty. Nicely constructed. I admire the details and extra effort put into it.

-- "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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#4 posted 1570 days ago

The book is from todd ’s site.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 1569 days ago

Todd’s post lists the book. The stool plans came from a Taunton book, “Classic Kitchen Projects”, by Niall Barrett
On Amazon List price $19.95, Paperback, Bargain Price $7.98 Now they show 2 left at the $7.98 price. I picked up the book at Amazon. As a side note this step stool would also make a good seat for camping. Using the dimensions above is could be easily made without the book.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#6 posted 911 days ago

last post on this was, oh, nearly 2 years ago. i searched this little beauty out though as i was looking for a 2 stepper style stool. really, really nice job. just what the wife ordered, i have just the right scrap in mind—and i do believe i’ll buy the book. that said, i want to remind people to use half dot com for the book if it’s within their web retail comfort level. shipping is usually around 3 bucks and they have quite a number of copies for a mere 75¢ a pop. thanks for this post gary. great stuff.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#7 posted 910 days ago

Very cool step stool ,I like the wood choices.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 885 days ago

Hey Gary- just made this stool – thanks to you and Todd for the “suggestion”...

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#9 posted 678 days ago

Just made it too!

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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