LOML's Step Stool

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Project by brad posted 05-17-2008 02:33 AM 2188 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after talking the project to death, I finally started and finished it. My wife and I are both “vertically” challenged and our age dictates that a dining room chair should no longer be an option for rummaging through the high cabinets and shelves in our closets.

Our solution was gleaned from one of the wood magazines (with a few modificatios) some planned, some necessary if you know what I mean.

Well, here it is finally.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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#1 posted 05-17-2008 02:38 AM

Very nice step stool, my wife is 4 foot nothing, so I’ve had to make a few of these the past 36 years. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 05-17-2008 03:02 AM

Nice work. It looks very sturdy! What finish did you use for the steps?

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#3 posted 05-17-2008 03:20 AM

Very nice design, Brad. This is a future project for me. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 05-17-2008 04:03 AM

Nice design, Brad. It looks sturdy and well built. I will have to put one of these on my to-do list when we finish the kitchen remodel where we are putting in 39” wall cabinets.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-17-2008 04:24 AM

Nice job! I have one of those on my list of things to make.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 05-17-2008 04:42 AM

very nice design….so simple to have that first step slide out like that… BRAVO ! Nice finish too

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 05-17-2008 05:01 AM

Most definitely need to make one of these myself. I have to really stretch to reach the attic fan vents to open them and could use one right now.
You did good on yours. Hope I can do as well.

-- JJohn

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#8 posted 05-17-2008 11:48 AM

“Vertically” challenged or not this is something that would be welcomed in any home. Very nice job!

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#9 posted 05-17-2008 01:33 PM

Brad, that’s a really nice piece. I like the design and the functionality of the sliding first step.
You did a great job on it.

Thanks for posting.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#10 posted 05-17-2008 07:12 PM

Very nicely done. I’m 6’4” and I still think I am going to build one of these. We tall people tend to be a little arrogant about storing things way up high…until we try to get them down and can’t remember how we got them up there in the first place.

I saw a design similar to this done on the Great British Workshop on the Woodworking Channel. I like your design much better with the exposed joinery and simple lines. Great work! Just remember that those “necessary” design changes is what makes it custom woodworking!

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#11 posted 05-17-2008 08:21 PM

Very Nicely done Brad, looks like an oil finish. Vertically Challenged?? We have the same problem here, seems those suttle things just creep in and makes are elder capabilities just a little bit slower. It’s a good plan that makes our home less challenging!
Have a Good One,

-- Smitty, Alabama,

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#12 posted 05-18-2008 07:12 PM

that’s a very nice step stool.
this would be nice for my younger daughters… I should stop typing and start working!
with all the great ideas in here lately, it’s tough to pull yourself away!

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#13 posted 05-18-2008 09:41 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone, and thanks for looking and supporting LJ’s.

Mikey…i first sealed the red oak with bulls eyes sealer, then applied about 5 coats of natural danish oil. I love the finish and it is almost “idiot proof”, which is a good venue for me.

I’m, working on a stool for me now, much simpler design and should go a little faster. It will be a modified shaker step stool. I’m making it to sit outside my personal basement shower. I’ll share it when i finish, and share some of the details then. I’m using a wood that I didn’t even know you could use for woodworking projects.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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#14 posted 07-26-2012 10:15 PM

great looking stool—I made one just like it (but with flush tenons) a couple of years back and it is used almost daily.


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