Step Stool

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Project by OnTheFly posted 07-18-2013 04:22 PM 1153 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my 3rd project since I started woodworking 6 months ago. It’s 15” tall and made from bloodwood and curly maple. If I were making another one, I would probably widen the legs near the bottom. Nevertheless, it was a great learning project!

Thanks for taking a look!


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#1 posted 07-18-2013 04:28 PM

Brian, real nice work. I like your take on wedged tenons. Can the stool be taken apart for storage?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 06:42 PM

Thanks Kevin! The wedged tenons (or “end cap” tenons as I call them) were a solution to a mistake. I originally wanted to do traditional wedge tenon but I morticed the hole for the wedge too far out. Some how the end-cap wedge solution came to me- a few seconds before I wanted to put my head in the vice and scream: measure twice, MEASURE TWICE!

Everything is glued in place. Again I’m new to all of this so I’m not sure if that was the right thing to do. However, it was a very tight fit and supported my weight during the trial fitting so… who knows? I guess it could be break-down project.



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#3 posted 07-18-2013 06:58 PM

Not necessarily a mistake but rather a gateway to an alternative solution! Always spin! nice recovery..

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 07:03 PM

Neat stool! And yeah, I concur, next time spread out the legs a skosh, so if someone stands on it and leans a bit too far it wont tip.

Oh, and Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 01:58 AM

Another beautiful project but really Brian a step stool….Mate if I had made that no one would be placing a foot or shoe on it….lol it is just too beautiful for that kind of use. I like the way you tend to angle one of the corner splines, looks cool and those wedge tenons are great…. never seen them done like that before…
Really great job Brian.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-19-2013 03:01 AM

I agree about the innovative wedge tenon. You might consider it the result of having made a mistake, but I would bet most innovations are exactly that.

I can’t say I’ve seen this type before, but I can say that it is attractive.

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#7 posted 07-19-2013 05:06 AM

Can only echo aussiedave’s post.

This is what mine looks like

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