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Step Stool w/sliding step (Woodsmith #111)

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Project by bigfish_95008 posted 1498 days ago 3470 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our daughter, son in law, and grandson live with us. He, grandson, is getting bigger and doing more for himself. We were looking through old Woodsmith’s for the next project and Nana came upon the step stool and my path was set. Nice little project. Learned a ton about the joiner – lets just say there are more chips than necessary in the dust collector. Handling 8’ boards over a short bed joiner is not fun. After they were cut in half things progressed nicely.

When cutting the long tapers on the sides I did have a kick back issue. Ruined one side and had to make another. I am trying to remember to put my shop apron on when I get to the shop. This time I remembered and it saved me a bit of pain. It still hurt, but without that extra layer of heavy material it would have hurt a lot more. Mostly my pride was hurt – that was the first time I ever had an issue with kickback. I’m not so proud anymore.

Allen

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh





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Jayp413

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#1 posted 1498 days ago

Great space saving idea!

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 1498 days ago

very cool. adding this one the the ‘todo list’. Thanks for the post

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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bigfish_95008

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#3 posted 1498 days ago

Maluco, it slides well, that is not to say that it slides nicely. I did have to take the chisel to a couple of spots where the poly was high. I expect it to get better over time as some of the finish is bound to scuff off a bit. During construction I had to take just a little more away for the dado.
Most of the mistakes er, ah, I mean character, are hidden from view as best I could.
Oh, when doing a glue up make sure all the grain is running the same direction. I could have paid a little more attention to that detail on all the panels.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1498 days ago

Very slick stool I like the slid out step.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dave Owen

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#5 posted 1498 days ago

Neat idea and nice construction. Looks like it would be considerably safer than the ones I made with a narrow first step.

-- Dave O.

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Bricofleur

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#6 posted 1498 days ago

This is a great stool. This is the first sliding step stool I ever seen. I like if a lot (I mean todo list). Thanks for all the added comments for the construction (character). Such stool, even small, can in fact be a good challenge. Great job and thank you for sharing.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Monty Queen

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#7 posted 1496 days ago

nice job looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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kbealer

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#8 posted 204 days ago

Is this a pattern you designed or is it for sale out there somewhere? This would be a perfect step stool for our grandson when he visits.

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bigfish_95008

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#9 posted 203 days ago

If I hadn’t have read my own discription I wouldn’t have remembered that the plans came from Woodsmith. I have no idea which one though.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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bigfish_95008

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#10 posted 203 days ago

Oh, there it is right in the title. issue 111.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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