Step Stool - First project

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I decided to move golf to the back-burner and pick up a new hobby that I could sneak out into the garage and work on in short bursts (a 4-5 hour round of golf is harder to get approval for from the boss than a 1 hour block of time in the shop). As a software engineer I was missing the idea of building something that can be seen, touched, and enjoyed as well. So I decided to get into woodworking and began my journey in March 2012.

This step stool was from a plan on I only had a circular saw and a jig saw at the time, so it’s all butt-joints and wood screws.

I’m a little embarrassed by the execution of the project, but I think there’s some value in seeing a progression as I (hopefully) develop and improve my skills. I’m sure I’ll look back some day and smile, and groan at my first wood working project. I use this stool in my shop for my two year old son to stand on when he want’s to see what’s going on.

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 01:58 AM

a super first project ,good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 08-10-2012 02:13 AM

Looks good enough to me. But, you aren’t going to change much about that feeling. Even when you’ve been doing it for a while, you’ll still feel like you could have done better. That’s part of the fun…continual learning and improving
Welcome to LJ’s glad you’re here

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 08-10-2012 02:46 AM

Colorful (and useful !) first project !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 08-10-2012 02:58 AM

I’m fairly new to wood working as well. The thing that sucks is it seems like you need a new tool for every project! Nice work.

-- Dick

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#5 posted 08-10-2012 03:22 AM

Great starter project “JSTN” this has been one of the projects I have been meaning to do soon just have yet to really get any kind of nice dark wood to go with all this light stuff I have.

(I heard that “Dick” the list seems to be getting longer instead of shorter.)

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#6 posted 08-10-2012 12:23 PM

Wow! did a great job for your first project! I’ll be looking forward to what you post.


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#7 posted 08-10-2012 12:31 PM

Good job and I love the color! Nice and bright !

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 02:51 PM

Pretty good for a first project and limited tools.

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#9 posted 08-10-2012 08:42 PM

JSTN, Welcome aboard. A really useful first project, I have made a number of stools for my daughter over the past few years and she loves them.
Look forward to seeing future projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 08-10-2012 11:47 PM

Very nice work. I like the color as well. This would be great for my granddaughter. Good work!
And a hearty welcome to LJ’s.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#11 posted 08-10-2012 11:54 PM

Jstn – Here is something that son will like.

I got the lexan and dowels at Lowes.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#12 posted 08-11-2012 01:16 AM

Well, you are already doin the right thing by introducing your son to this fun hobby. Nuttin wrong with this step-stool at all….. well, maybe the color… lol Not really, cuz you can see it good. I could actually use somethin like this in my shop to be able to get up into my upper cabinets. One o these days, it’s on that never-ending “ta-do” lists.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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