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Project by RS Woodworks posted 1215 days ago 2291 views 22 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all. Here is another little project that I completed recently. A woman I work with asked for a couple of step stools for her girls. They come in handy for brushing teeth, washing hands, helping mom in the kitchen ect. I wanted to make them unique and interesting, yet at the same time sturdy and safe. These are plenty string and sturdy, and all edges are rounded over to prevent scraping a shin in case of a slip. The top step is curved inward at the front to allow a bit more room for little legs, and also kids like to use these to sit on, so there is room for them to sit on the lower step with the upper step conforming around their back a bit.

Made of purpleheart and maple, I inlayed a 1/8” thick heart (solid purpleheart wood) into the sides of each stool. I also inlayed the girls’ names in the tops. The sides are two 6” boards glued up. The steps are solid single boards all cut from one large board I had picked up. The top step is joined with miller dowels, 3 per side, and the lower step is also doweled into the sides with hidden dowels (3 per side). They were finished with 4 coats of gloss WOP. Dimensions are approximately 12” deep, 17” wide, and 14.5” tall. I’m quite happy with them and so was my co-worker when I delivered them to her yesterday.
Thanks for looking and commenting.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!





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christopheralan

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#1 posted 1215 days ago

Well done! Great inlay and design!

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SASmith

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#2 posted 1215 days ago

Nice stools. Care to share your technique for the inlay?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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ChefHDAN

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#3 posted 1215 days ago

WOW! I would love to have you describe the inlay method, they look awesome!

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Geedubs

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#4 posted 1215 days ago

Agree with the above. More info on the inlay method please. Thanks!

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RS Woodworks

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#5 posted 1214 days ago

Thanks for the reply’s guys. Sorry ‘bout the lack of info on the inlay techniques. It’s just regular inlay tho, nothing that special.
For the hearts, I just cut one heart out of a chunk of 8/4 purpleheart, sanded the sides, and then placed it where I wanted on the board, traced around it with a very fine pencil, then routered out the recess for it with a small router. Used a 1/4” bit for the bulk of it, then a 1/8” bit to get up to the lines. Then cut slices of the heart off on the bandsaw, and glued them in the recess.

For the names, it’s basically the same, except i used a template of the name printed off to the right size on the computer. Glued that to the purpleheart board, and carefully routed out the name with a 1/8” bit, making sure to only go about 1/16” deep. Then it’s just a matter of spreading in the wood filler, let it dry for a day, and then sand it all flush. There are many things you can use for inlay. Some people use powders like turquoise or mother of pearl, i used maple colored wood filler. But the technique for inlay is all pretty much the same.

Hope that helps!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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SASmith

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#6 posted 1214 days ago

Thanks for the reply. I thought that the names were a wood inlay. I now know it is wood filler. Looks great either way.
Thanks again
Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Cozmo35

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#7 posted 1213 days ago

Beautiful…! I really like the inlay!!!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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florentin

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#8 posted 928 days ago

Added this to my favorites list.
This is one thing that is on my to-do list.

Thanks for sharing.

-- http://www.florentintise.com/

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Nighthawk

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#9 posted 928 days ago

Very nice…

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