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Red Maple Step Stool

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Project by BobAnderton posted 561 days ago 976 views 4 times favorited 6 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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a1Jim

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#1 posted 561 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dallas

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#2 posted 561 days ago

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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AJswoodshop

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#3 posted 561 days ago

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

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 561 days ago

Really nice job. Good job on lumber.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Dedvw

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#5 posted 560 days ago

Beautiful stool!

How do you like that chainsaw mill?

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#6 posted 560 days ago

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

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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