Shaker Step Stool

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Project by Mark Gipson posted 08-06-2012 10:21 AM 3882 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.

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#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,

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#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.

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#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!

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#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. Appomattox Virginia †

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#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.

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