|Project by Fun With Woodworking||posted 08-24-2012 07:17 PM||1635 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
This step stool was a great learning project. I got to use my tablesaw and kreg pocket hole jig for the first time. I also borrowed my brother’s router and router table so this was my first router job as well. It was also the first time that I stained wood and applied polyurethane. I got the plan for the stool from my copy of The Complete Book of Woodworking. The plan called for an agled edge on the front that I totally mangled with my jigsaw. I got the bright idea of using the tablesaw to square it off. After the initial cut I learned that it doesn’t cut a straight edge into the wood but left a rounded groove under the front part of the cut so I got to learn how to use wood filler.
It was a great project to work on with my 5 year old son. He helped me to drill the pocket holes, assemble, prime, and paint it. He also chose the red paint.
I knew that I would be making a lot of mistakes so I made it out of 3/4” plywood and cheap whitewood boards from Lowes. I was quite happy with the final product and it built my confidence enormously.
-- Donald LeBlanc - www.funwithwoodworking.com