Step stool with storage

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Project by JoeinDE posted 05-08-2010 11:55 PM 2242 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With a newborn and a three year old, I chose function over aesthetics. I had planned to use dovetail joints on this piece, but settled for butt joints for time reasons. This is my first project where I have milled my own wood. I bought the curly cherry as rough lumber and then planed it to size using my router planing jig (I don’t have a planer). The smoothing was done with my #4 and #3 Stanleys and the final surfacing down with scrapers. Walnut plugs were used to cover the screw holes. The hinges are from Woodcraft. I chose to leave the knotholes in the piece (one on the first step and one on the lower front). Both have been reinforced with isocyanate glue. I got overzealous with the router when planing the top step so it is thinner than the rest of the pieces (1/2” as opposed to 3/4”). The back is ply. I forgot to wipe my footprints off the steps before shooting the pics – you can see my dusty footprints on the lower step in a couple of pictures. The finish is two coats of Danish oil followed by two coats of wipe on poly. The dimension 15” x 15” x 17” It is the perfect height for my three year old son to be able to reach the sink for hand-washing from the top step


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#1 posted 05-09-2010 12:11 AM

Looks good

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 12:15 AM

very functional, the walnut plugs were a nice touch

-- Derek, Iowa

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 12:15 AM

With a newborn and a three year old, I chose function over aesthetics.

And yet … somehow … you got both :-)

Nice looking piece !

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 12:15 AM

Looks useful!

-- Kate,

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 12:36 AM

Looks good Joe, and it’ll get plenty of use I bet.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 05-09-2010 04:04 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 05-09-2010 07:07 PM

Great idea for extra storage space!

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#8 posted 05-11-2010 08:35 PM

Looks good. Love the storage idea.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 05-08-2018 11:55 AM

You did a nice job on this step stool. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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