Step Stool for The Momma! (And one for me!)`

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Project by 72hw posted 12-10-2012 04:53 AM 1743 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my sweetie’s mother (The Momma) is, well, how shall I say this… Not Tall.

I feel bad when she comes to stay with us – you see, all the good stuff is in the upper cabinets. Things like food, spices, mixing bowls, plates – you know, all the things that The Momma loves to cook with. Often I found myself searching all over for my popcorn bowl after she went back home, only to find it on one of the bottom shelves.

Imagine that – having to bend down to get your popcorn bowl! Oh the horror!

In the interest of fairness we did purchase one of those nifty folding plastic step stools for her a while back. It worked for a day or two, then my fat ass decided it might be a good idea to use it while hanging a new exhaust hood above our range. Fail! Nearly busted my head open on the counter and got a nasty bruise across the top of my foot when the POS exploded underneath me!

Obviously something had to be done – something sturdy…. something that was built to hold weight of an adult without 20 moving parts like that plastic death trap…. Something made of…. yes, made of wood!

So I whipped out the step stool on the right in the first picture, the finished one, and liked it enough to build a second one for myself so I can reach those top shelves in the shop… er, garage – I meant garage Sweetie!

Made of 3/4” poplar (cause it’s cheap and I am still learning this wood working thing) the stools are constructed with simple butt joints, glue and screws just to be safe. The legs are set at a 10 degree angle under the tops, and believe it or not they have been tested to a static load of 200 pounds. Got to use my new router table to do the round over edges and learned some creative clamping techniques so it was a great project for me.

Anyhow, The Momma has not yet seen the stool but I hope she likes it!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 05:23 AM

Very nice! When you said “the good stuff” I figured it was the real good stuff (the booze!). These should get lots of use. Sure she’ll love it.

-- Jeff

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 08:55 AM

A good and thoughtful job!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 07:25 PM

Nice work. I’m right with you on the poplar, too!

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 01:55 PM

Great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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