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Project by rmac posted 1071 days ago 9377 views 63 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 2011 version of a little step stool that I remember from the ‘50s kitchens of both of my grandmothers. I made it out of some oak from the bargain bin at the local Rockler store, and finished it with several coats of wipe-on polyurethane. I used some fancy through tenons to join the transverse stretchers to the legs, and floating tenons everywhere else.

There are a couple of drawings with basic dimensions for the stool on my blog.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/





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Wolffarmer

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#1 posted 1071 days ago

Nice work.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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SafferinOz

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#2 posted 1071 days ago

As Wolf said above, really like the wood and the stool has been finely crafted.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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vipond33

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#3 posted 1071 days ago

A very handsome piece with crisp execution. Bravo.

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

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Brit

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#4 posted 1071 days ago

Wonderful step stool and excellent craftsmanship. One for my favourites. Thanks for sharing.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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littlecope

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#5 posted 1071 days ago

Very Nicely Done Russ!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1071 days ago

Nice. We had one when I was a kid, but it was painted.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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RMP

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#7 posted 1071 days ago

Russ , very well done. I agree with Gene. Crisp and clean tenons, tight. Nice work.

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rmac

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#8 posted 1069 days ago

Thanks, everybody. This thing is for my shop. I hope it’s a long time before I spill paint on it.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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Cozmo35

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#9 posted 1068 days ago

I really like this. Where did you get the plans?

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

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David Grimes

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#10 posted 1068 days ago

sweet

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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rusty2010

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#11 posted 1068 days ago

You know your good when you can post close up pics. well done

-- check, recheck then check again

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rmac

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#12 posted 1068 days ago

@rusty2010: LOL, and thanks. You also know that the other seven tenons don’t look as good as the one in the closeup!

@Cozmo35: I used these plans as a starting point to get the general idea and the overall size. Then I made my own plans in order to get rid of the dowel stretchers and make it look more like I wanted. My blog has a couple of drawings that show the basic dimensions of the stool as I built it, along with some construction hints. Please give a yell if you need more details than are in the blog.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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rance

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#13 posted 1068 days ago

Nice step stool.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 1067 days ago

Russ, this ladder is so nice and functional and you did a fine job on it. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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kiefer

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#15 posted 1067 days ago

Nice job and craftsmanship Russ.
Good looking joinery, very crisp .
Full marks on all counts.

Thanks KIEFER

-- Kiefer 松

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