Child's step stool

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I built this stool from red oak I bought at the local HD store. The design is mine, a kind of a “seat of my pants” approach. It’s a gift for the son of a friend, a friend who is an accomplished woodworker and has been sort of a mentor and inspiration to me. I wish I could deliver it personally but they live on the West Coast so tomorrow I’ll make a trip to my local Conecticut shipping store and mail it off. I also built another stool, the seat/stool combination featured in Popular Woodworking a couple of months ago. That one’s going to Maine.

Thanks for all the inspiration, fellow woodworkers. One of the highlights of my day is checking out the projects and blogs on this site.


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#1 posted 10-21-2010 01:48 AM

I like it. I like the way you chamfered the top. Is it a knock down design?

-- Mel,

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 02:49 AM

Nice job, you didn’t take any shortcuts. It’ll be around a long time.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 03:21 AM

A good stout stool with eye appeal, very nice indeed Art.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 03:24 AM

Very nice. How did you attach the top to the legs/stretcher?

-- Chuck, Preston CT,

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 05:14 AM

Nice design and nice execution.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 07:57 AM

Hey Art,
Real nice design and finish…well done.

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#7 posted 10-21-2010 01:19 PM

Very pretty little stool. I really like the design. Would look great in an arts/crafts decor. Will it be shipped flat-knocked down? or did you glue it up permanently?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 01:25 AM

Thanks for the nice comments, folks. The base itself could have been a knock-down, but I glued the wedged tenons as insurance in mind that it will be used by a little guy. The top is attached with countersunk wood screws which were subsequently hidden with plugs.

A safe weekend and happy woodworking to you all!


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#9 posted 07-10-2012 11:24 PM

That is a really well designed and built stool!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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