Black Walnut Step Stools With Curly maple Inlay...

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Project by Maveric777 posted 05-13-2011 12:39 AM 4038 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by my good friends and neighbors if I would mind building their young son (and my little buddy) a step stool. They said “Nothing Fancy” just something to help him overcome his height disadvantage for things like reaching the sink and bathroom breaks. Well, I couldn’t turn down such a cool opportunity to build something special for my little friend.

I had the project on my mind while walking through the mill and found a beautiful piece of black walnut. I thought “Heck Yea!... lets make it nice!” Then I got to thinking that if I was going to make this stool from such dignified stock… It needs dignified joints as well. Then I got to thinking… If Im making dovetail joints… Why not hand cut hounds tooth dovetails? Then I got to thinking that this was not going to be an ordinary step stool…. I was in fact building my little friend an heirloom. So of course I had to inlay his name and a tractor (the boy flat out loves tractors) with nice curly maple.

I got in the middle of this project and started getting a few phone calls from folks asking if I could make more. As you can see… I did….lol. Now on the Parker and Jamisen stools I used my Leigh dovetail jig (yea I know… cheating right? for the joints instead of hand cutting them. I really enjoy cutting the joints by hand but I wanted to be efficient with my time on the other two.

All in all I am pretty tickled with these little jewels. I learned me some new techniques, played with some gorgeous lumber, and was able to create pieces that I hope one day will become very important to a few folks. Yea, I’m a sap… I really enjoy building meaningful stuff like this.

Thanks for checking them out…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 12:43 AM

These are fabulous… best steps I have seen for a long time… job well done…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 12:43 AM

Those are beautiful, what a wonderful job.

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 12:57 AM

You did a really good job on these.
And nothing like a step stool. People love ‘em.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 12:58 AM

Nice job Dan, beautifully made family heirlooms. Just think of the memories those kids will have when they use them for their kids.

-- Life is Good Enough --

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 01:05 AM

from rags to riches

what great work
and sentiment

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 01:11 AM

Good job buddy they are looking good!

-- Chris Adkins,

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#7 posted 05-13-2011 01:19 AM

And you say “nothing fancy”...... yeh, right!
These are fantastic Dan, what a beautiful choice of woods ( my favorites ) and perfect inlays…
This is something your “little friend” will show off to his friends and will keep for many years.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 05-13-2011 01:23 AM

great job on these. Thanks for sharing them with us.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#9 posted 05-13-2011 01:31 AM

those are some big n beautiful dovetails Dan. The inlays are awesome as well
very nice projects

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 05-13-2011 03:30 AM

You nailed it as always!

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

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#11 posted 05-13-2011 03:43 AM

Really classy! The craftsmanship is evident and so is your affection for these kids. They will treasure these when they are all grown up. I really like the dovetails and the personalized inlays.

-- jbschutz

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#12 posted 05-13-2011 03:47 AM

Three perfect examples of your skill and caring : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 05-13-2011 03:59 AM

Great job Dan. Really nice work!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#14 posted 05-13-2011 05:30 AM

Realy they are looking good, nice inlay work, amazing job,
Thanks for sharing with us.

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#15 posted 05-13-2011 06:36 AM

Dan, I think you have found it!

You have made a regular ‘project’ BETTER… You’ve almost made it an heirloom!

Very NICE!

COOL… Keep it up!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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