White-Board Step Stool

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Project by SouthHollow posted 08-28-2013 09:48 PM 1487 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My office uses two dry-erase white-boards to track projects, but because we had to stack them vertically on the wall it became a bit of a pain to update them…

As I was dragging a chair over one afternoon so I could reach, it occurred to me that a wider than average step-stool might just solve the problem… and I thought to myself… how hard could that be?

Turns out… about three months… because I’m slow and easily distractible.

It’s my first attempt at a piece of furniture with zero fasteners… just wood and glue. Final dimensions ended up being about nine inches tall, four feet wide and a foot deep.

The plan started out as mortise and tenon joints… but after forgetting to take the length of tenons into account when cutting the stretchers I … ahem… reconsidered and used dowels instead.

It was my first project with dowels… but after doing 34 of them I think I’m started to get the hang of it… Those last couple sure did line up easier than the first ones.

Credit to Tom over at Toms Workbench for the finish strategy. He has a great video, and it’s super simple.

Comments and critiques are welcome… I wouldn’t be doing this without the inspiration of seeing everyone else’s work here on LJ.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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Jason White

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 03:26 AM

Hmm… I believe I saw this in person a couple of weeks ago!


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#2 posted 08-29-2013 06:07 PM

Jason, I do believe that’s a distinct possibility. I’m a bit late in posting this project.

Looking forward to seeing what you turn out with your new shop.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 09:59 PM

Me, too! I just finished getting it all wired and the machines set in place. Now I just need to build some shop cabinets so I can see the top of my tablesaw and workbench again! ;)

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