LumberJocks

Shaker Step Stool

  • Advertise with us
Project by Mark Gipson posted 08-06-2012 10:21 AM 1886 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Shaker style step stool made to practice using my new Leigh Super 12. The dovetails for the steps were cut with the jig, those for the 3 braces were cut by hand after a few days practice with scrap.

Finish is a local ‘dark oak’ stain followed by 4 coats of wipe on poly.

The photos highlight a problem I am having with the rubber wood boards I am currently using for my projects. Each board is made up of thin strips of wood finger jointed into a large board. Unfortunately each board has a very wide range of colors which the stain and finish highlight. I am going to try a dye / stain combination next in an attempt to even out the color. A kindly friend is bringing over a couple of tubs of dye for me to try as I have not been able to find any here yet.

I will be using this in my workshop so I can reach the belts on my drill press to change speeds.





5 comments so far

View Helkat's profile

Helkat

74 posts in 1043 days


#1 posted 08-06-2012 12:54 PM

Very nice little stool.

I like the braces/aprons on the front edge of the steps. It adds a nice detail that I don’t see a lot on these little 2-step stools. And I’m sure it adds some strength, to boot!

-- Nat, UPstate NY, http://www.cordlessimpactdriverhq.com/

View Kookaburra's profile

Kookaburra

748 posts in 972 days


#2 posted 08-06-2012 03:14 PM

This incorporates a lot of the nice features that Charles Neil incorporates in his step stool project. I personally find the many shades very nice is a piece like this. But everyone feels differently.

I will say, however, that that second step is REALLY high. Why did you make it so much higher than the first step?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

View Mark Gipson's profile

Mark Gipson

178 posts in 2128 days


#3 posted 08-06-2012 11:39 PM

It’s high but then a lot of stools of this style have a high second step which I like. It’s also useful for reaching into the kitchen cupboard that somebody fixed to the wall flush up with the ceiling!

View Karson's profile

Karson

34915 posts in 3148 days


#4 posted 08-07-2012 04:13 AM

Great stool. It looks a lot like the stool that Tommy Mac made on his show and dvd.

I’m planning to make one for my wife also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View bhog's profile

bhog

2177 posts in 1438 days


#5 posted 08-08-2012 01:35 AM

I recently made one of these from pictures I had seen.Most had that really high 2nd step but on mine I chopped it down to closer match the bottom.Nice work Mark.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase