Step Stool in Mahogany

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Project by kenn posted 1600 days ago 1771 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 1600 days ago

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

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#2 posted 1600 days ago

They’re all beauties !

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#3 posted 1600 days ago

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

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#4 posted 1600 days ago

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 1600 days ago

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 1600 days ago

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

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#7 posted 1600 days ago

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


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#8 posted 1600 days ago

looks good

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#9 posted 1600 days ago


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 1600 days ago

i love them, particularly the cherry one

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#11 posted 1599 days ago

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 1596 days ago

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

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#13 posted 1591 days ago

they look great
thank´s for sharring


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