Step stool for my mom... and more. Busy day in the shop. :)

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Project by AngieO posted 09-03-2013 02:40 AM 2919 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a crazy busy day. Finished up several projects that I had been working on lately. Trying to make more room in my shop

To start… I had a friend that had this old hutch that belonged to her grandmother. The floor of the hutch had rotted out in a basement flood. So she asked me to replace it. Pretty simple. Just cut some plywood (her choice of material) to fit and put it in. Well… it wasn’t as easy getting the old nails out and not as easy to get the dang piece put in there once I got it cut. The rails for the drawers were in the way. I took the table/counter top off, turned it upside down and went in from the bottom. She was thrilled!

Next project… this was a LOOOONNNNGGGG time coming. FINALLY finished a cross cut sled. It’s nothing pretty. But it does the job. This is actually made from materials I had that I tried to make one for my old table saw. That is why it is so small. But I needed it for my next project. So I finished it up.

I’ll post pics of the other projects separately.
But finally… Here is the stool….. I made this step stool for my mom. She just recently got a new bed. The mattress and box spring are so high that she has to climb into bed. So I made her this stool to help her get in the bed.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I made it out of some shelves that I bought at the ReStore. $10 for 3 – 6’ boards and 6 – 3’ boards. I used two of the small boards. They were plywood and already painted white. So that is why this project got painted. (Too much paint today. UGH!)

The boards were 12” wide. LOVED LOVED LOVED using my new sliding compound miter saw on this. It made it a breeze. Of course… I don’t know about the curves on the bottom Or the cut out at the bottom at all. LOL. It was a little tricky without the proper equipment. Next time I’ll made a template and use a flush trim bit in the router to get a better cut. BUT… I’m still happy with it. And unless you really look… you can’t tell how horrible the curve really is. LOL

I have a few other things I did today. I’ll be posting them separately. :)

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 02:54 AM

Let me just say…....I love your work and your attitude! Great stuff!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 03:27 AM

Glad to see you had some productive time in the shop. Nice work on all builds. Good to hear your taking care of mom.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 03:32 AM

Great stool, Angie. you are sure getting into wood working. I love your sled. They are so handy!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 04:00 AM

Great job. Gotta say that Im a HUGE fan of the crosscut sled! Look forward to seeing your future projects

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 04:56 AM

You are doing great. Step stools wouldn’t be bad for shows. Keep up the good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 08:48 AM

Nice sturdy work, sure mom will love this one

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 10:57 AM

A crosscut sled is NICE, isn’t it?

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#8 posted 09-03-2013 11:36 AM

somebody has been busy…lol Good work Angie

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#9 posted 09-03-2013 11:38 AM

Angie I need for you to build me a set :) those are nice, I need a set that can fold up, can you make me a set like that? :) Oh and a nice cross cut sled, you have me beat on that too, LOL Nice that you helped a friend out.

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#10 posted 09-03-2013 12:29 PM

Anyone that put as much time and effort into learning as you is an inspiration to all. I’m impressed with your progress in all that you do.
Good looking sturdy stool. And that sled will surely come in handy in the shop! Nice job Angie!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 09-03-2013 12:33 PM

Nice work Angie ,I’m sure your mom loved the step stool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 09-03-2013 01:51 PM

Nice job on the stool and the repair job on the Hutch

-- Todd

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#13 posted 09-03-2013 02:18 PM

Thanks guys! You guys are awesome.

She loved the stool. And that cross cut sled is certainly nice. Came in very hand. I can see it getting a lot of use. Well… until I make a new one. LOL

My shop saw a lot of action yesterday. I still need to post the other projects I completed. There are THREE. :)
Hoping to get some more time out there today. I’ve got the lumber cut for a bench to match my outdoor chair.

Oh… and I have someone that wants to buy a stool from me. So it looks like I need to get out there and build another one :)

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#14 posted 09-03-2013 08:46 PM

Good job on Mom’s stool, simple and effective. No doubt Mom will love it.

But I seem to remember a few weeks (or months) back you were SUPPOSED to be making her a couple of end tables? What ever became of THAT project? :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#15 posted 09-03-2013 08:52 PM

Stool? End table? Same thing… right? LOL
Oh my… that is probably not going to happen. She has moved in with my brother… and she has tried to cram 60 years of stuff into one small room. She has so many end tables in there right now that she couldn’t possibly fit anymore. BUT… I am working on a room divider (Shoji Frame) for her. It has turned into more of a project than I expected. After assembling the frames… she changed her mind how she wanted the center panels. Now I have to go back and use the router to add a rabbit to accept a hard board (like a frame) THese ar 62” high. I’m having to put it on my table, clamp a guide to it and route the rabbit. Lets just say I really really like my router table and don’t like the freehand stuff. LOL

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