Kitchen Step Stool

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Project by Seeharlez posted 02-16-2011 06:06 AM 1784 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a little stool I made for the kitchen – mainly for my girlfriend who can’t reach the top shelves…

Fairly simple design using through mortise and tenons. I made it from some reclaimed oak taken from a friends fireplace mantle they were tearing out. This is my first time using this type of joint in a project. They turned out reasonably well if not a little looser that I would have liked. But I’m pretty happy with the end result. It’s very stable and just the right height.

Finish is a cherry stain with a few coats of wipe-on poly. I might do a fine sanding and recoat then wax, but I think it’s probably fine how it is. It’s just a step stool after all :)

Thanks for looking!


-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 11:28 AM

What a great stool, Like the details on the steps really ads interest. The joints look good and strong as well. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 02:44 PM

This looks really nice. I wouldn’t wax the treads, make them slippery.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 03:55 PM

Nice work!! Like the design, brings some interest to the project.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 05:22 PM

Don’t make the finish too smooth perfect. You’ll slip right off it! I love your design though. The through tenons look awesome, the fluted treads are a great idea, and I really like the shape of the sides. Great work, thanks for sharing!!!

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 12:51 AM

Nice second life for the wood…....Well Done!

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 01:46 AM

What a beautiful stool! Who knew that something so functional could also be so lovely to look at. The design makes it very unique and modern. I like the underneath part on the side and the hole.

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 03:23 AM

Oh yeah! that’s nice.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 06:37 PM

Thanks for the kind comments!

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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