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Project by MBucci posted 01-23-2014 03:59 AM 999 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a step stool I made for my son. I basically flipped through some pictures on Google until I found a style that my son said he liked and went from there.

It’s really a pretty simple design. All of the joinery on the legs as well as the stretcher are half laps. The step stool top is attached with screws through the top stretcher. An accidental bonus on the design was that my son’s name is Anthony, and the legs of the stool look like a capitol letter “A”.

The finish is seal coat of shellac, mixed walnut and pecan stain, and 3 coats of wipe on poly.

He likes it a lot and can now hang up his coat on the coat rack.

Mark





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jjempson

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#1 posted 01-23-2014 07:21 AM

perfect….
i love the simple design…great workman ship..

-- jjempson

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BigMig

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 03:48 PM

I love it. Did you make the half laps using a dado in your table saw? And a backer board to prevent blowout? Other tips?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 08:33 PM

Looks great!

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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Matt in Franklin

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 10:26 PM

are the half laps joints simply glued? No screws/finish nails?

Also, what wood species dud you use?

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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MBucci

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 12:51 AM

Thanks guys!

I used a dado stack on my table saw for the half laps using a sled and crept up on the fit.

The half laps are connected using only glue. Half laps are extremely strong once the glue is cured.

The wood species is unknown…I got some scraps from a nearby door and window maker. It has a redish tint like cherry, but it is more open grained and it is somewhat soft. It doesn’t have a cedar smell, so I’m kind of at a loss. Any ideas?

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 12:46 PM

Very nice design and execution.

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 02:43 PM

It looks good and sturdy. Like the design and the joints. I’m sure he’ll use it for a long time. Great job!

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