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I’m sure most of my fellow LJ buddies would have whipped this stool out in no time. But for me, this project was a bit of a stepping stone for me. When all said and done, the step stool is square and most of the cuts are flush to each other. I also used 2 new tools and a few that don’t get used that often.

The step stool has been built to help us get in and out of our utility trailer. From the ground to the floor of the trailer is 21 inches, so the need to have some steps was great.

Off to Home Depot for some lumber. Found some “Green Dot Specials,” .51 cents per board. Rough cut to approx. size and labeled each.

Ran the boards through my jointer – one of the seldom used tools I own.

Having never done any type of joinery, this project saw the addition of a new tool to the shop. I seldom buy tools from Harbor Freight, but a local wood worker who I respect, owns this biscuit cutter and claims it does a great job. I was also impressed with the product reviews on this item at HF’s web site.

The biscuit joiner did a very nice job and the wood came together great. I ran the pieces through my planer before and after joining them together to trim off any unevenness at the joints.

Another tool that I have but recent projects have not needed its’ assistance… I used the band saw to cut out some crude semi circles which will become the “handle.”

Since I was doing stuff I’ve not done in the past and want to learn a little more, I decided to make rabbet cuts on all of the steps. I felt this might give me a strong and straighter joint than a simple butt joint.

I look forward to becoming more acquainted with the router; need to build a table for it one day. Here I am softening the edges of the steps.

As I mentioned, the semi circles were rough. I used my Drummel to make those cuts more uniformed and then the router to soften the edges.

The end results… and it didn’t even flex when I stood on it!

Ah, much easier now to get in and out of the trailer. And look! There’s more wood inside. Guess we’ll be building some more projects.

-- Harold





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farmerdude

175 posts in 673 days


#1 posted 272 days ago

It appears as though you, sir, are having too much fun. I love your tool inventory. Don’t know anything about that brand of biscuit cutter, but it looks like a dandy. That stool is also a dandy. Great job, thanks for posting it.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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Woodwrecker

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#2 posted 272 days ago

Nice job Harold.
That stool came out great.

-- Having fun...Eric

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hjt

774 posts in 1772 days


#3 posted 272 days ago

Thanks guys.

Yes, Jeff I’m having fun, just wish I had more assurance. I want to build a flip table next to hold my bench drill and planer. I thought I’d get started on it today. Instead I spent two hours looking at a blank sheet of paper trying to figure out where and how to begin. How high, how deep, wide… I drive myself crazy with this self doubt and over thinking.

-- Harold

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489tad

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#4 posted 272 days ago

Someone is hooked. I know you can find some ideas for you table here. Enjoy.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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farmerdude

175 posts in 673 days


#5 posted 271 days ago

Just jump in, my friend. The more you build, the better you get. With each project will come more confidence. As 489tad said, there are plenty of ideas here, but also, much support. Ask questions on the forums and you will get plenty of help. Great bunch of people on this site. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it’s only wood. Add to that blank paper a pencil, and tape measure, and all sorts of things are apt to happen. I don’t even know you, but I know you can do it. You have the interest, you have the tools, and you have desire. Now just jump in my friend, jump in.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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hjt

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#6 posted 271 days ago

Thanks Jeff – I began today (Sunday Dec 1st) Have rough the lumber for the table top. I’ll begin a blog on it soon.

I appreciate the words of encouragement.

-- Harold

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robscastle

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#7 posted 157 days ago

A good job there Harold,

Its also good to see you using all your tools to produce it.
I made a pair something similar to get in and out of wooden 1300mm high crates.
One is now used to get in and out of my table top Ute, years ago I could just spring in but not any more!!

-- Regards Robert

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robscastle

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#8 posted 157 days ago

By the way how is the flip top table going, I will check your blog!

-- Regards Robert

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