Shaker Inspired Step Stool

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Project by Everett1 posted 08-29-2012 11:54 AM 4149 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was back and forth on what to make for our good friends that are having a baby soon. Settled in on this idea. Partly thanks to the recent project from Marc, i got an idea for this project and it’s usefulness (I Hope!):

I’d say it’s “Shaker-Esq”. I used copper for the supports at the bottom, with a perfect fitting dowel through the center, allowing me to secure it more strongly than just epoxy alone. I really have been wanted to patina something, so i did a ferric nitrate/cupric nitrate patina on the cross supports (wife didn’t want it to be “blue”, to keep it gender neutral). Rounded it over pretty much everywhere, since a kid will likely be on it at times.

Made out of Cherry from one big slab, and used Yellowheart for the plugs. Finished with 4 coats of BLO/Tung/Varnish, 1 coat of BLO/Tung/Dash of Beeswax, then polished with Beeswax.

Thanks for viewing!


-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 12:26 PM

Very nice, well done!!

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 12:54 PM

Beautiful piece

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#3 posted 08-29-2012 01:30 PM

Nice. Your joint work looks great.

-- Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

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#4 posted 08-29-2012 02:05 PM

I made a step stool just like this 20+ years ago..i did not use the metal and it is still going strong..the dovetails really hold it together. great gift!

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#5 posted 08-29-2012 02:36 PM

Minimalist design but very nice. I especially like the dovetails.

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#6 posted 08-29-2012 03:10 PM

Nice clean work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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