Red Maple Step Stool

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Project by BobAnderton posted 12-25-2012 07:44 PM 1749 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this maple step stool for my 16 month old daughter. It is based on the design presented by Marc Spagnuolo. I used red maple that I had milled in June using an Alaskan mill from a tree that was listed for free on Craigslist. The lumber air dried in the Austin summer heat for about 4 months, and then spent a couple more months in my 40% RH attic once it cooled off a bit. This was a nice learning project for me as it presented the chance to make angled tenons and has lots of curved surfaces. I applied a transtint dye in alcohol, and then sanded that mostly off to pop the figure a bit, and then finished with wipe on poly made by diluting brush on poly 50/50 with mineral spirits. I used poly on it because I think it may see moisture being used at the sink.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 07:49 PM

I really like this Bob,you did a very fine job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 08:06 PM

Straight from the tree. That’s great! Love the contours on the stool.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#3 posted 12-25-2012 08:09 PM

Thanks a very nice step stool! I like the rounded edge on the top!

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 09:28 PM

Really nice job. Good job on lumber.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-26-2012 05:38 PM

Beautiful stool!

How do you like that chainsaw mill?

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#6 posted 12-26-2012 06:47 PM

It looks like your daughter will have a beautiful keepsake for her daughter…nice work

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#7 posted 03-07-2016 02:49 PM

Bob, this stool turned out nicely.

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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