|Project by coloradoclimber||posted 10-15-2007 03:23 AM||3827 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
My littlest one likes to work in the shop when I’m in there. I make sure I’m not doing anything too loud or something that requires too much of my concentration. Usually that means days when I’m not using stationary power tools. In particular he likes using the bandsaw. Probably because it’s one of the few power tools that I let him use without me standing right on top of him.
He seems to be able to use the saw safely and I’m pretty comfortable with him using it, but (there’s always a but) but he’s a bit too short to use it standing on his own feet. So I decided I’d make a shop step stool. Something sturdy to hold my weight but sized to give him a stable platform when he’s using the saw.
I wanted to avoid nails or screws, just glue and joinery. But it needed to be strong enough to withstand years of lifting and climbing on. That means dovetails to me. So this is what I came up. Made of 2-by lumber milled square and surfaced. The 2-bys ought to be plenty strong enough to support me. The treads are joined to the legs with sliding dovetails. The idea being that repeated lifting by the tread shouldn’t loosen things up. The stretchers are joined with dovetails into the legs. I don’t want them splaying or racking.
Finished with multiple coats of paint and help from my helper.
The steps and tops of the legs were dovetailed with a 14 degree bit on the router table. The stretchers and leg dovetails are at 10 degrees, cut on the table saw. The legs tilt out at 10 degrees, cut on the table saw.
Here are links to larger views.
Here’s the sketchup model. Pretty simple with minimal dimensions. But if you decide to make this stool sketchup will let you pull dimensions pretty quick.