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Children's Step Stool

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Project by Andrew R. posted 889 days ago 2468 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stool was made from some wood I had laying around the shop. The design was inspired by some stools that I’ve seen on LumberJocks. The base is made from some Brazilian cherry flooring that I picked up over a year ago from a local used building materials store. The step tops are made from some bird’s eye maple that I had left over from making my son’s crib. The base uses half lap joints and the stringers are attached by mortise and tenon joints. The lower step has several recessed screws with plugged holes. The top step is also attached to the base in this way. The stool is finished with spray-on satin Deft lacquer. As you can see in the pictures, my son likes the rubber feet and enjoys using it as a picnic table.

-- Andrew, Bellingham, WA





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#1 posted 889 days ago

Very nice stool with very cool wood.

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#2 posted 889 days ago

Nice choice with the wood, and your son seems to like it a lot, and thats all that matters.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 889 days ago

Memories in the making : ) Very nicely done !!

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

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#4 posted 889 days ago

Wonderful little stool and little boy! Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#5 posted 889 days ago

Well done, love the wood selection (left overs) best kind!

-- We are all one decision away from stupid.

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#6 posted 888 days ago

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 667 days ago

Cool design. I’ve been looking for a unique stool. That’s it!

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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Eric

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#8 posted 539 days ago

Great stool. I am pretty new to woodworking and I have been looking for something just like this to make for my son.

I have been looking through tons of plans. Would you mind sharing basic dimensions like the height of each step and the width? Thanks.

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Andrew R.

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#9 posted 538 days ago

Eric,
The lower step is about 7 3/4” high, 6 3/4” deep and 14” wide. The upper step is 14” high, 8” deep, and 16” wide. The hardest part about the design was figuring out how to get the two steps to be approximately the same height (about 7” each), yet making sure the lower step’s legs would still clear the top when you fold it up. Let me know if you want any more detailed measurements.

-- Andrew, Bellingham, WA

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