Step Stool

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Project by Chris Matthews posted 04-04-2011 05:26 AM 2145 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wife complained she could not reach the dishes in the upper cupboards and was tired of dragging a dining chair over. At the time I was looking at the work of Charles Rennie Macintosh and thinking about his designs, so that was the inspiration for this piece. Not as nice as what Charles did, but the no one steps on his work either. Piece is 36 H x 13 W x 8-1/2 D, Maple with carving in walnut.

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 05:51 AM

This is very nice, Chris, and unusual, with a mix of sharp and soft edges.
I like the symmetrical squares at the lower area
that become random as they lead up to the striking dark carving.
Your usual high quality craftsmanship is evident.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 12:35 PM

Very nice stool, Chris. Very contemporary and very artistic.
Can you describe the details of the carving and the insets?

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 12:52 PM

If I knew how to build something like that and my wife stepped on it, I think I’d have to orchestrate a flogging. In the project photo (that gets cropped off) I could not justify that this was a step stool. Good looking piece of furniture.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 01:18 PM

Anything inspired by CRM has to be a masterpiece!! ;-)
It is very cool!

-- Dave

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 03:08 PM

This is so incredibly mission! I love it! What are the dimensions of the stool? Is the back made to hang on to when you are standing on the step?

-- 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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#6 posted 04-04-2011 04:25 PM

That’s unbelievably lovely. More art piece than functional step stool. It’s too nice to stand on.

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

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