Step stool for my sister in law

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Project by guitchess posted 04-06-2013 11:48 PM 1606 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My SIL is expecting and has an extremely tall bed(I think she has it on risers for more storage underneath) so she needed a little extra help getting in and out. So, I used it as an excuse to play around. I didn’t want it to be too boxy so I put slight curves in the panels. I wanted it to be as stable as possible so I splayed the legs 8 degrees. In my tests, it seemed to be rock steady even when trying to tip the stool. Stain conditioned with a homemade mix based on Charles Neil’s, dyed with medium brown water based, Sherwood oil based stain, and then precat lacquer top coat. I have more time in sanding than everything else.

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 12:44 AM

That is great. I really like the curves and angles that you put into it. I have a feeling that this will be greatly appreciated.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 02:05 AM

That’s a beautiful stool sample ! Great job all around : )

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 02:20 AM

Nice looking stool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 02:51 AM

Thanks guys. “Stool sample” LOL. I’m wondering if the government opened up some new land for logging. I made this stool from the knotty ends of the clearest construction grade 1×12’s I’ve seen in 22 years as a professional carpenter. I have two 10’ sections in my shop right now that don’t have a knot in them.

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 12:53 PM

Well done!! Great design, like the curves.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 04-07-2013 01:23 PM

That step stool will serve her well and looks real good at the same time. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 04-07-2013 11:16 PM

Nice design !

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 04:59 PM

Looks great and well made. Like the curved legs and the stain. SIL will be happy.

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 12:39 PM

You know it’s amazing how something as simple as step stool can express such graceful lines. Your stain is something I’m going to try to use in one of my projects sometime it looks great.

-- Billp

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