Maple Step Stool

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Project by efsavage posted 05-02-2011 02:34 PM 1466 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first LJ project!

Two-step stool, solid maple (all dimensional lumber from Lowe’s), pocket screw + glue consutrction. All edges are rounded over, as it’s intended for children’s use. It will be painted by someone else.

Tools used with miter saw, band saw, oscillating sander, router table, and random orbital sander.

Question for you guys, did I use too many pocket screws? It looks like alot, but I don’t see any I could get rid of without making it potentially weaker or more wobbly down the road. The glue was just a very thin bead to try and prevent creaking after a few years in a bathroom.

This is actually the second one I made, the first generated requests for more, so I took the trouble of making plans and fine-tuning measurements, which was time well spent, as this one went together much easier and tighter than the previous one.

Plans are here:

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 04:27 PM

That stool turned out real nice. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-02-2011 05:43 PM

good job, very nice design! Thanks for the SkUp plan.

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 05-03-2011 03:42 PM

Here is a link to the next version, which has a larger top:

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 01:55 AM

Nice looking stool. Interesting how the bottom step is nested in the top step. I need to make one for my son in the next week and came across this. Although it does look heavy on the pocket screws I’d say it’s fine and it’ll be more sturdy because of it. If you over-engineer and it doesn’t really add weight or cost…who cares? Thanks for sharing.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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