Step Stool in Mahogany

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Project by kenn posted 04-04-2010 05:24 AM 1807 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Shaker style step stool made out of wide ribbon mahogany. The dovetails are hand cut and I hand planed all surfaces. The design came from the soon to be crazy famous Tommy McDonald but a few minor changes were made. The subtle curves on the bottom of his design were removed and the dovetail layout was changed. The last picture shows three different stepstools I have built. The left one is in tiger maple and followed Tommy’s design exactly and can be found among my projects, the back one is my own compilation of 2 different stools in cherry, and the right one is this stool. The mahogany stool is finished with Boiled Linseed Oil and orange shellac. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 05:34 AM

Great workmanship…nice job with the hand planing and handcut dove tails.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 05:36 AM

They’re all beauties !

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 06:16 AM

Looks too nice to step on..Great project..

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 06:21 AM

I thought it looked like a Tommy special. Be careful or people will start calling you a stoolie. LOL

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 12:37 PM

I know this type of stools shaker although you have given him a touch perosonal and more modern, the wood that you have used is beautiful, a very good work friend ///conozco este tipo de taburetes shaker aunque tu le has dado un toque personal y mas moderno,las maderas que has utilizado son preciosas,un muy buen trabajo amigo.

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 01:39 PM

Beautiful Stool. I’ve not got around to making mine yet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 02:17 PM

Beautiful Work, Ken. Any Shaker would be proud to own one of these.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 06:08 PM

looks good

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 06:15 PM


Why do I get a lump in my throat when I think about people stepping on these ? ;-)

Absolutely beautifully done. If I can EVER get DTs off of my P-C JIG … the way YOU cut yours, by hand … I’ll be really happy !!!

Great work. Thanks for sharing.

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 04-04-2010 07:51 PM

i love them, particularly the cherry one

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 04-05-2010 03:01 AM

I agree with Greg – too nice to step on! I would be constantly wiping off my shoe prints. :-)

Great work – the wood is gorgeous!


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#12 posted 04-09-2010 12:16 AM

great project made out of great wood! i like it!

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#13 posted 04-13-2010 04:13 PM

they look great
thank´s for sharring


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