shaker step stool

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Project by rjb37 posted 10-04-2013 05:23 PM 1411 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my copy of John Shea shaker stool. It’s all pine and it’s made from scraps I pulled out of the pile. I painted it because the pine was a little wonky looking. Nothing has split or cracked considering the cross grain connections I made.
A quick and easy project to make. A couple of dadoes, some glue, hinges, and cuts nails is all you need.

-- accidental woodworker

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#1 posted 10-04-2013 09:48 PM

Very nice! My daughter-in-law wants one like this for my grandson. Wouldn’t have a materials list, diagram or measurements would you?

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 10-05-2013 12:52 PM

I got the stool plans from “Making Authentic Shaker Furniture with measured drawings of museum classics” by John G Shea Published by Dover Publications. It’s on page 108.
The book is copyrighted so I’m not sure I can give you the plans for it. Maybe your local library may have a copy of it. (He also did other books on colonial furniture)
It is a simple stool. There is a dado from front to back in the sides that is the step and bottom of the box. There is another dado at the front that serves as the riser and front of the box. The back fits in a rabbet made in the sides and the bottom. the lid is in 2 pieces – one narrow piece nailed to the front and the back of the lid is hinged to this. The two round cutouts can be anything that looks good to your eye.
The plan uses several different thicknesses of wood but I made mine using all 3/4” stock throughout.
I didn’t follow the plan and use it’s measurements – mine is longer and taller – the width is pretty close.
You can make the whole stool from one piece of 8’ – 1”x12” without gluing any boards edge to edge

-- accidental woodworker

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#3 posted 10-05-2013 01:45 PM

Nice simple project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 02:40 PM

It’s a beautiful and sturdy stool. Like the style and the color. Great job!

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