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Project by Chainjack posted 04-12-2013 06:36 PM 1516 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another bathroom stepstool I made for my boys. It had to fold because when placed in front of the sink the bottom step would have blocked the door from opening and closing. It’s made from a single 6’x14” board of 7/8” African Sapele and has a great color/shimmer when finished with polyurethane. The joints aren’t special, just dowel rods and glue.





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 04-12-2013 07:13 PM

Very nice stool! And what a great finish! I’m guessing this stool will be in the family for a life time.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 04-12-2013 07:22 PM

Awesome. Been thinking about making a step-up stepstool for my 6 year old daughter. (After many wipeouts, as a result of her standing on various toys to get the “high up” stuff.) I love your design and finish, although mine will have to be pink!
Great job!! Thanks for sharing.

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Tim

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#3 posted 04-13-2013 01:37 AM

That’s great, did you work off a set of plans or just design it yourself?

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Chainjack

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#4 posted 04-13-2013 02:59 AM

I sketched it up on paper for a while trying to get the right look, then made cardboard templates so I could figure out where the pivot should be. Then I sketched the curves and just started cutting. Most of the measurements were done on the fly or by referencing my previous stepstool design. It’s difficult to have exact plans with all the curves though I wish I had made an actual template, it would gave gone faster and smoother. My only constraints were the depth of the space between the sink and doorframe and how high it had to be for my kids to reach the sink.

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#5 posted 04-13-2013 11:57 AM

Very well done…I like the fact that you can’t see any fasteners at all, which begs the question “how is it held together ?”

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#6 posted 04-13-2013 12:21 PM

Great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 04-13-2013 01:09 PM

This is just what I have been thinking about for awhile now. I love the folding step resign and the project looks great. my grandson is will love it. Thanks for a very useful idea.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 04-13-2013 01:34 PM

That’s a wonderful bench and looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#9 posted 04-13-2013 02:47 PM

That really looks great. Nice design and finish : )

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

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Chainjack

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#10 posted 04-13-2013 02:52 PM

There are 4 pieces per step, plus the 3/4in oak pivot dowel. Top, sides and brace. There are two 1/4in dowels at the top of each side piece and two dowels per side on the braces. It was solid and held together before it was glued along all of the butt joints. The pivot dowel is deep in the 7/8 sapele and doubles as a second brace for the top step. If anyone has any suggestions for how they would do the joints I’d like to learn.

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#11 posted 04-13-2013 05:33 PM

Very nice CJ! Where did you find the sapele?

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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Chainjack

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#12 posted 04-13-2013 06:47 PM

Tart lumber in Sterling VA. It’s a mill shop that’s luckily right down the road from my house :) They seem to have everything… For a price. This board was $38 for 6 ft x 14in @ 7/8in thick. A little thicker than I wanted because it’s really heavy and I don’t have a planer.

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chopnhack

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#13 posted 04-16-2013 02:09 AM

Wow… steep indeed, but kudos to you for using it!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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Chainjack

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#14 posted 04-16-2013 03:49 AM

I had to be really careful when I was working with it because I only had a few small scrap pieces left when I was done. It really is beautiful but tough to work with. The grain is really tight and I had more than a few tear outs when doing the round-overs. Nothing catastrophic, just small chips but it was nerve wracking.

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Bytesabit

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#15 posted 04-23-2013 01:18 AM

Very nice! This is perfect for in the master bedroom’s closet for my short better half! Thanks so much!

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