|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 11-09-2013 02:17 PM||2470 views||9 times favorited||27 comments|
This is a lightweight version of the Aris Folding Step Stool. I used a light wood and the main members are 7/8”x 1 5/8” instead of 1”x 2”. I cut the sliding bar size in half and was worried about that but it seems to hold very well. The treads are made from 1/2” maple plywood with walnut banding to hide the plies from showing. It also has nylon feet that are screwed and doweled on so I can use it in the Arizona gravel
For all the pivots I have inserted 45 Auto shells and made steel pins to fit.( see last photo) The pins in the back that attach to the sliding bar were drilled out so I could put a 10-24 bolt through them. All steel pins are finished with gun bluing. There are also brass pins pressed into the legs and that ride in the slots on the sliding bar.
The lower oak braces are doweled in and fastened with pocket screws. This stool is made so it can be taken apart. I thought I might have to re make that sliding bar if it broke on tryout!
The back members of the stop frames are mortice and tenon joints. That is what I made the tenon jig for.
I don’t know the type of wood I used for the frame. Someone gave me a 1”x6” x8’ board that I had on the rack for years and it is a hardwood but very light. Just what I went looking for. The only thing I had to buy were the 10-24 bolts and lock nuts. It did not go a whole lot faster than the first one. There is a lot of machining and I had to be careful to not mix up pieces with the hole patterns. I did drill 2 extra holes in the back legs that I had to plug.
I finished it with 2 coats of Tung oil and 2 coats of satin poly.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!