Footstool in Hickory

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Project by ayryq posted 732 days ago 714 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a two-step footstool from a plan in Woodsmith magazine (December, 1988). It’s in hickory, with three coats of polyurethane.

This is my first time working with hickory. I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to plane, especially the figured sections. My planer’s feed rollers couldn’t pull hard enough and I had to push the wood through, even with a very light cut. I also broke off four screw heads during the construction of this stool. Hopefully it’ll hang together nonetheless.

This was also my first time gluing up wide panels. The sides are attached only with glue; the top and step also use biscuits. I was very please with how well the wide panels came out.

The stool is a gift, for use by a toddler to reach a bathroom sink.

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#1 posted 732 days ago

I am looking for a good pattern for a step stool – this one looks close to what I want – except I do not want the compartment. This turned out really nice – even with the learning curve on hickory! If this little cutie is the owner, he has some growing to do before he uses that top step!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 731 days ago

Very interesting design : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 731 days ago

My son isn’t the recipient. But he wouldn’t stay out of the pictures. The stool is going to the same young lady who got the tugboat, kazoo, and dump truck – she just turned three.

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#4 posted 731 days ago

Wonderful job on this. I love the design on it.

All the best,


-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#5 posted 731 days ago

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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