2 step step stool

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Project by Ray posted 03-19-2007 10:53 PM 3267 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently learned that we will become instant grand parents when our daughter maries a fellow with two adorable kids. Being 5 and 3 they want to help with everything – even the dishes (can you imagine that?) They are also a bit short on stature so our daughter asked if we had any stools that they could use. We have one that I had previously made for my wife so we pulled it out and it worked well for the 5 year old but the little buy just couldn’t quite make it above the counter to help.

So I got busy and designed a 2-step step stool that is portable and that can be used as 2 stools or as one double step. Keeping safety in mind I build them so when used together they have a positive latch so that if the little one climbs onto it they won’t slide apart. I used popular and clear urethane finish.

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#1 posted 03-19-2007 10:56 PM

I want one of these.
When it “latches”... it will work as a step stool as well as jus a single unit – -making it a 3-purpose stool? That’s how I’m seeing it, not sure if that is right or not.
It’s a brilliant design, very practical and functional.

Brilliant (and beautiful)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 03-19-2007 11:00 PM

Very effective design. I’ve never worked with poplar but will soon as I’m going to make bench legs with it. How is it to work with?

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#3 posted 03-19-2007 11:21 PM

Debbie – You are correct!

Bass – I fould popular to be much like pine. It still will dent easilly but had no trouble with it pealing of the grain on the flat surfaces as pine sometimes does.

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 03-19-2007 11:25 PM

I like the design

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#5 posted 03-20-2007 12:13 AM

Very practical and a nice design….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 03-20-2007 12:46 AM

Thanks all!
I love coming up with original ideas.

Had a hard time picking the pictures since for some reason even though the back is perpendicular to the floor but in just about all of the pictures it appears to lean back. I even took a picture with a square near it to prove it! Guess it’s an optical illusion.

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#7 posted 03-20-2007 01:55 AM

these look great dataman

-- Cheers

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#8 posted 03-20-2007 03:05 AM

I like the triple use of this project. Poplar looks wonderful here. I’m going to show this one to my wife (my project manager).

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#9 posted 03-20-2007 04:36 AM

I really like this design. Good job!

-- Nicky

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#10 posted 03-20-2007 04:41 AM

This is a great design.

We had a stool in our bathroom when our kids were small. It said “Stand up to be tall, Sit down to be small”

After 15 years of looking at the stool. when ever you went to the bathroom you turned the stool upside down, put it in the bathtub. because you were sitting there with nothing to do but read that stool.

So when my youngest daughter had a child I had my oldest daughter make a monogrammed cover. I made the stool and we presented this to her. Now she has that problem and we had a good laugh.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 03-20-2007 01:27 PM

Nesting stools….hmmmmmmm I like it, nice design and very functional. I like Poplar as well, mills-up easier than pine, but it is more expensive. Have you ever tried Beech, excellent hardwood mills-up great and is usually less expensive than Oak.

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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W. Paul

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#12 posted 03-20-2007 03:13 PM

I really like the locking mechanism. It’s simple and will obviously be very effective! It even adds a little extra interest to the piece, and thus serves the form as well as the function.

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#13 posted 03-20-2007 04:21 PM

looks solid!

-- MikeB, Aurora, Oregon

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#14 posted 03-20-2007 07:14 PM

VERY cool design, and well executed!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 03-20-2007 11:49 PM

Nice design, it’s funny, for years I called this wood Poplar, but then I worked with foresters on my job, & they called it Aspen.

Now I have to get used to calling it Poplar again. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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