|Project by hjt||posted 11-29-2013 08:01 PM||1439 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
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.