Walnut Step Stool

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Project by BobAnderton posted 10-06-2013 10:02 PM 1604 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d made one of these type of step stools for my 2 year old out of maple last year in the style shown by Marc Spagnuolo, and it was 7 inches deep. That works fine for a kid that stands or sits quietly on it, but my little girl is a rowdy little monkey and she climbs on it, and it was too prone to tipping over being only 7 inches front to back. I made this one out of walnut and made it 11 inches deep and it’s much more stable. The walnut was some I’d milled with my chainsaw mill last year and dried so it’s fun to be able to say “I knew this when it was a tree.”

The top is 1.75” thick stock and the legs are 1.5” thick stock. It’s heavy, 16 lbs, since I was curious.

Finished with Watco danish oil, followed with 3 coats of wipe on poly for water resistance.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 11:13 PM

Looks sturdy and elegant for its size. Pretty cool about milling the log yourself.

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 12:42 AM

Bob, I like the “I knew this when it was a tree” line but I like that step stool even more. You coaxed a beautiful piece of walnut out of that log and did it justice with this build. The delicate curves and angles combine into a first class project.

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#3 posted 10-07-2013 04:07 PM

Beautiful lines and shaping on that stool. Also, nice daughter, and nice milling operation.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 04:16 PM

Great Stool. I’m sure she treasures it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 10-07-2013 11:46 PM

Super nice stool! Excellent design, it looks very sturdy. Nice work and nice finish!

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

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 02:43 PM

That stool looks great and solid. Has a cool Japanese style. I think the little one approves. Great job!

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#7 posted 10-09-2013 04:00 PM

This stool is very attractive. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 02:44 AM

Bob – you came up on “roll the dice” and I must say, once again, nice stool.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 03:17 AM

My first grandchild is due in March. I can’t wait to start making useful things for him : )
Your design and the Walnut itself are both excellent !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 11-28-2015 06:59 PM

I like your design – nice work!

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