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Project by woodshaver posted 12-15-2011 01:51 AM 5010 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this nice looking stool using plans from Mac. He’s a member here on Lumberjocks. You can get his plans here http://lumberjocks.com/projects/52684
The planse were well done and easy to read. Thanks Mac!

I made my stool using 100% cherry wood that I had laying around in my shop. I don’t own a mortising tool so I use a Forstner Bit and the mortises that way. I had to do a lot of filling to round the end’s of all the tendons. The joints would of had a much better fit If I just went out and bought that mortising tool before I built ths but nevertheless the joints are strong.
I’m in the prossess of applying a finish now.
Yesterday 12/13/11 I took a trip to Woodcrafters and bought a morotising kit. :)

Thanks for posting the plans! And nice work !
Tony

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/52684

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!





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rmac

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 05:01 AM

Lookin’ good, Tony. I’m glad my plans worked out for you. And I’m glad you didn’t screw up like I did and drill holes in the rear legs!!! :)

—Russ

PS: Somehow yours stool looks wider than mine. Is it?

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

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woodshaver

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 05:12 AM

I thought you put the peg’s in the back for looks. I was thinking “should I do that too!!! LOL !!!
I followed your plant to the letter. It’s the same size as yours. Must be the camera angle.

I Got a “gift” order for two more. Family you know! I don’t mind. I’m going to make those using clear pine and a hardwood dowel. I get to try the new mortising tool I bought yesterday. “)

Thanks for the compliment’s Russ.

Tony

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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rmac

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 05:50 AM

I thought you put the peg’s in the back for looks

Nope. That would make a good story, but the fact is I had a brain fart and just drilled all four legs the same before I realized that I had made a mistake.

—Russ

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

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 06:02 AM

Looks great .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 06:03 AM

I think your stool looks good even with the mistake. I do that all the time. Somehow I just forget to pay attention!
When I was in Woodcrafters the othe day I saw a little box with candy in it. You trun the crank and a skittle
would get picked up in a hole in the dowel and then get dumped. It would bounce down the shootsas you and out a slot at the bottom. Cute little item. I took a few pictures of it and made one today.
I’ll post it so everone can see it.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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nobuckle

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 01:47 PM

Very nice Tony. Thanks to you and Mac for posting the plans. I’ll have to build one of these.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 12-15-2011 05:16 PM

Great job!! I need to make one.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 01:01 AM

Love it. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Juriathe

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#9 posted 12-16-2011 03:16 PM

great stool ! I have an order for a kitchen step stool but with no set style except they want a handrail so mom has something to hold on to. I’m wondering if I could extend the back legs up through the seat to add a back to the seat so she has her “handrail” to grasp when she uses the steps. I’m guessing this would create more mods since this would invade “seat” space. For that matter, maybe the front legs could extend as the angle might better suit the idea. I dunno. Any suggestions, guys? I love the stool, and the folding steps are very practical.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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woodshaver

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#10 posted 12-16-2011 04:55 PM

Hi Juriathe

A neighbor of mine said she wolud like something to hold on to also if she had this step stool. My thinking was the same as yours after she said that.

But if I were to make one with a handel I would recomend that the seat top not be used as a top step just for safty sakes. I would make back legs curve foward a little, away from the user at a comfortable distance while standing on the 2nd step. Also, I would only use hard wood’s to make this stool if I were to do a handle mod.

My thoughts!

Tony

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Juriathe

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#11 posted 12-17-2011 12:53 AM

thanks, Woodshaver. I would hope any user would have the sense to not stand on the seat, but we can only offer commonsense advice. If the handle were made right it might form a backrest for the seat. I’m glad you linked Rmac’s plans; it’ll make it easier to see where I might modify it before I make more firewood. I’ll try to do justice to them.

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#12 posted 12-17-2011 03:43 AM

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#13 posted 01-03-2015 06:50 AM

Hi I have an original one of these from 1950s or 60s. It has a wooden frame and a padded vinyl seat. The seat flips up to reveal a top wooden platform and the seat forms a grip to assist climbing the two steps. Or you can just flip the steps out and sit on the vinyl pad. Don know if that helps the handrail question. I will post some pics as ths stool s the nearest I have found.

My two year old grand daughter loves it as it raises her to work top height.i have been trying to convince my joiner partner to replicate it bu he thinks they wou be too pricy to make to sell. How long did it take t make yours? The second time that is!

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woodshaver

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#14 posted 01-03-2015 02:14 PM

MarionofNorwich, Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Hope this answers your question,

The time it takes to built one of these folding step stool depends on your skill level, how fussy you are about detail, and the tools you have at hand to create the most time consuming parts, mortises and tendons and doweling.

On my first attempt I used a mortise attachment on my drill press. It took many strokes and many set up moves to get all the mortises made. Then on to making the tendons on the other parts and trying to get a good fit. If your only making one stool this method will be ok but If your making them to sell you will soon be looking for a better way to make your mortise and tendons. Watch my video here to see how I improved this process. Mind you, I decided to build a Horizontal Mortise Machine for making my Mortise’s. This was a good move, all my mortises and tendons are perfect and easy to make now using a few jigs I made to use with my H M machine. I can build a stool in less than a day now.
For the finish I use stain control, Stain, Sanding Sealer, then two or three coats of Lacquer.
Hope this helps. I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have. I have a few more videos about this on my YouTube page.
Tony

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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JoeinGa

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#15 posted 01-03-2015 02:41 PM

Looks good, and from the pix I’d say she LIKES IT !

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