Helen's Step-Stool Box

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Project by Boxguy posted 04-23-2012 11:20 AM 2475 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At 18×6x12 this is a large box. Let’s just say that Helen is vertically challenged. She needed a stepstool/storage box. The step stool to reach some cabinets and the storage for grandchildren’s toys.

The top is Honduran Mahogany, the ends are Black Walnut, and the front and back are Persimmon wood from a tree that grew in Helen’s front yard for over 100 years. This is a very sturdy design that won’t tip or break. It didn’t flinch at my 300 pounds. The front and back boards are set in a dado that runs vertically in the ends. Notice the carved-in section by the handles to make them easier to reach. (Carving done by using end of a 6 inch belt sander.) The indent adds a design interest and is functional. The last photo is a different and smaller box. I included it to show the technique for joining the front to the side legs.

The over=all look is a little busy with the three woods, but it is what I had on hand in the needed large dimensions and she wanted to use some of the Persimmon from her yard in the project. The bottom arch, slanted ends, indent for handles, and rounding all are functional, keep it from appearing too bulky, and give it a better look to my eye. I wanted the top to be one piece and since it floats I wasn’t worried about it splitting.

As always, thanks for looking and thanks for your kind comments on the teamwork boxes.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 11:27 AM

That’s a great idea Al. It looks way to nice to be standing on though.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 11:41 AM

Very nice, elegant step stool. I agree with Joey, too nice to step on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 12:30 PM

Big Al, that is the nicest step stool I have ever seen! And lemme tell ya, I’ve seen about 57 of ‘em.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 01:14 PM

A really nice piece. Good work.


-- 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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#5 posted 04-23-2012 01:56 PM

Very Sharp looking stool/box, Clean and sturdy design makes this a real eye catcher, form follows function is a favorite of mine, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 04:34 PM

Nice stool box!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 04:38 PM


Very nice fit and finish, your selection of wood species makes for a very elegant lift for the vertically challanged.

Have you considered a Maloof styled Step Ladder? :-)

Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 10:13 PM

I love how clean and smooth your boxes look!

-- Trial and error is the best way to learn.

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#9 posted 04-23-2012 10:25 PM

Not just the average step stool,very nice design cool woods and overall classic look. Very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 04-23-2012 10:27 PM

I thought the three woods looked great, together.

That is a very nice stool.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 04-24-2012 12:15 AM

A work of art.

-- Rodman

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#12 posted 04-24-2012 01:03 AM

That is a cool design with some gorgeous wood. I have to agree it is too nice to step on unless barefoot with clean feet!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 04-24-2012 02:31 AM

love the three wood combo. side legs look pretty thick; will take some abuse.

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#14 posted 04-24-2012 10:13 AM

Door Dude,

You are right the ends are about 2 1/2 inches thick. The stool-box is rock solid.

As to some other general comments, it may be pretty, but I made it to be used and she does.

Thanks for all your kind comments, it is what makes posting your work fun.

-- Big Al in IN

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 04-24-2012 01:19 PM

Great box, and as I come from vertically challenged stock, I can have an appreciation for the need.
Excellent work as always…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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