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Project by woodshaver posted 987 days ago 4033 views 7 times favorited 12 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 , 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 987 days ago

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

2754 posts in 1985 days


#2 posted 987 days ago

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 , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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rmac

187 posts in 1692 days


#3 posted 987 days ago

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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a1Jim

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#4 posted 987 days ago

Looks great .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodshaver

2754 posts in 1985 days


#5 posted 987 days ago

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 , 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 986 days ago

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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workerinwood

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#7 posted 986 days ago

Great job!! I need to make one.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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MayflowerDescendant

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#8 posted 986 days ago

Love it. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Juriathe

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#9 posted 985 days ago

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

2754 posts in 1985 days


#10 posted 985 days ago

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 , 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 985 days ago

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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rmac

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#12 posted 985 days ago

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