Stepstool for Wifey

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Project by DaveLeHardt posted 08-07-2011 11:09 PM 1919 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife needed a stepstool to reach the high shelves in her creative sanctum, so of course I volunteered to build her one as I saw this cool plan online.

After some fits and starts remembering how to read a tape measure, I got all the parts cut to the right size out of some Alder I got at a nearby dealer (I figured if I screwed it up royally, it could always be used on the grill with some Salmon…).

Things I learned along the way:
  • Pay closer attention to the jig diagrams. The 10 deg bevel on the box joint jig should have been pointing AWAY from me, not towards. That would have helped hid the blow out on the backside of the top.
  • I really need to invest in either a nice box joint blade(s) or a better dado stack.
  • Cut the box joints a bit proud the FIRST time thru.
  • Make sure the nice side of the wood is really on the outside of the top and legs

Other than that I like how it turned out. It does what it should and it’s rock solid.

-- What? Me worry?!

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 11:29 PM

Looks mighty fine to me. Nice work!

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 12:35 AM

Very nice. My wife has been asking for a step stool like this so she can get up onto our high bed, and she just saw yours while I was viewing it here, so now I’m committed to making her one. Thanks for sharing.


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#3 posted 08-08-2011 12:39 AM

Trev, that’s kinda how it goes with these kinds of projects. I found this one in the plans from Wood Magazine as one of their free monthly downloads.

-- What? Me worry?!

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#4 posted 08-08-2011 03:08 AM

Looks GREAT !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 03:11 AM

looks great,i can see with the angles how easy it is to get turned around

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 02:20 PM

It looks like my new ladder, too nice to step on. Those solid looking box joints will always give you confidence as you’re about to put your foot down. Alder can be a very pretty wood, can’t it. Great work.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 08-08-2011 11:32 PM

Nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 01:42 PM

Great job, I bet she loves it. I know I would.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#9 posted 10-14-2011 12:56 AM

Love this stool…what are the dimensions?

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#10 posted 10-14-2011 04:36 PM

Chris, the basic dimensions are 16 1/4 high, 9 3/16 wide (14 5/8 at the bottom of the sides) and 15 long. The plan for this was a monthly download from, so I’m pretty sure you can still get that there…

-- What? Me worry?!

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 11:41 PM

Thanks! I need a foot rest to go with my standing desk and this fits the bill…

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