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Project by Don posted 2764 days ago 1764 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dear wife, Barbara, and I are vertically challenged (I’m 5’10” and she is 5’ 4”). I guess that doesn’t make us the shortest people in the world, but there are many times that both of us wish we were taller. So when I saw this Folding Step Stool, I recognized its potential for us. It’s probably one of the most practical pieces that I’ve made. I like it so much that my woodworking club adopted this as a group project. This sits in our kitchen to make accessing the upper cupboards much easier. And because the steps fold out of the ay, the footprint remains small. It is also a good stool.

I constructed mine from “Tasmanian Oak”, which is really not Oak but a marketing name given to about five Eucalypts located in the states of Victoria and Tasmania in Australia. I used a dark Walnut stain and finished off with three coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly, and buffed with wax for a mat gloss.”

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/





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oscorner

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#1 posted 2764 days ago

I remember that my Grandfather had one like yours when I was but a small boy. It did not have the hearts cut out on the sides, but the steps folded as yours does. It was white with red steps, not the nice wood color. Do you have the plans for it and would you mind sharing them?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Don

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#2 posted 2764 days ago

I purchased the plans from a US supplier that appears to no longer be in business. At least the web site is no longer up. However, I expect that the plans are still covered by a copyright. Therefore, I am not prepared to show the plans on the net.

However, I would be prepared to snail-mail them to you. How about if you sent Martin an email giving him permission to give your email address to me? His email address is lumberjocks@gmail.com. I would also like your name so we can communicate on a more friendly basis. When I have that I’ll contact you regarding sharing the plans. Perhaps there are other LumberJocks that would like the plans, when you are finished with them, you can forward them on.

Hey, isn’t this editing feature great! Thanks, Martin.

God bless,

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Martin Sojka

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#3 posted 2764 days ago

Good idea about sharing the emails through me, Don. I’m going to work on Private Messages asap.. I promise ;)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 2763 days ago

We have some things in common. My Wifes name is Barbara, but I have you beat by 1/2”, & my wife is 5’ 2”. I’m glad you didn’t use metric, so I didn’t have to haul out the conversion chart.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 2763 days ago

I stand corrected about our height. I am 5’ 9”. & Barb is 5’.

My Sweetheart reminded me that we’re shorter than we used to be, & my memory is also much shorter than it used to be.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Don

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#6 posted 2763 days ago

Dick, you both are shrinking. They say that happens with age. Ha!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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scottb

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#7 posted 2763 days ago

not age, so much as gravity :)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#8 posted 2763 days ago

When speaking about age, Scott, I avoid the term gravity.

Grave consequence; seriousness or importance: They are still quite unaware of the gravity of their problems.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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scottb

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#9 posted 2763 days ago

sorry, bout that, just taking it from a book I read several years back – something about how it’s gravity that ages us. In the muscular/skeletal sense – spine, knees, hips…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#10 posted 2763 days ago

Scott, you are likely correct. Re-read my previous post. It’s cut and past from an online dictionary. I thought it funny (bad sense of humor) that when speaking of age we use a word that is close to “grave”.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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scottb

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#11 posted 2762 days ago

:) so hard to convey tone…

I’m laughing now… our senses of humor must run in similar circles!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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snowdog

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#12 posted 2519 days ago

Don,
Did the plans to your stool ever make it around in snail mail? I was interested in how it hangs and folds up. Great looking and functional idea for the kitchen.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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