Art Stool/Library Ladder

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Project by Reddial posted 03-09-2012 05:46 PM 3996 views 20 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I modeled this art stool/ladder from a much smaller version i found on the web. My wife is a painter and her studio is also a library. So this seemed like the perfect solution, except that she is reluctant to use the ladder option because she doesn’t want to scratch the finish. Oh well, it sounded like a good idea at the time.

First I built a full scale prototype from pine.


Then cut templates from 1/4” MDF for the primary components that require a high degree of accurracy for the angles to assure proper fit and alignment for converting between stool and ladder.

The curved back was tenoned before the curve was cut by band saw.

Some re-engineering was necessary to stabilize the stool and ladder after final assembly. I added some brass hardware. The latch is a shutter latch and the longer brass arm/latch was shop made.

I added an inlay of walnut the full length of the back/leg component. Finshed with 4 coats of brush-on poly, hand rubbed between coats.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 09:41 PM

cool project. thanks

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Francois Vigneron

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 09:43 PM

Nice job. My wife has put that one on my honey-do list for quite a while :)
Is it cherry ?

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 09:50 PM

Francois..Yes Cherry with Walnut inlay. It is a Stool not a chair. As stool it is 30” and ladder is 5’.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 10:51 PM

Cool design, great project

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 11:34 PM

That is a very nice piece of work. Beautiful job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 03-10-2012 12:12 AM

Very nice project.
What a great job.

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#7 posted 03-10-2012 11:35 AM

Real nice job. Your really talented to modify from chair to stool height and have it look so beautiful. Love this type of furniture. Thanks for sharing.


-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#8 posted 03-10-2012 01:10 PM

Excellent. It’s very nicely done and will be a functional conversation piece. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-10-2012 02:36 PM

Very cool, I need to make one of these.

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

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#10 posted 03-10-2012 02:56 PM

Great job, very nice!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#11 posted 03-10-2012 04:04 PM

Super nifty, what a great idea.

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 03-10-2012 04:58 PM

great project i wanted to make one of these the first time i saw the plans.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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