Dovetailed Step Stool

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Project by David posted 02-04-2014 12:59 AM 6121 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dovetailed step stool with 34 hand cut dovetails. I used David Barron’s dovetail saw guide for this project; kind of like training wheels for your saw. The stool is made from poplar, with a warm brown finish. This was a project inspired by my vertically challenged wife and inability to reach high shelves. Plans for this dovetailed saw guide can easily be found online. Also please feel free to check out my new sites listed below.

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 03:31 AM

Very cool. I designed a very similar stool but I haven’t built it yet.

Shouldn’t the tails be on the sides and the pins on top, from a strength standpoint?

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 12:03 PM

I think with all the stress of the down pressure from being a step you have more support from a tail rather than a pin, just more wood from a tail in width.

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 02:42 PM

Gotta love dovetails…

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 10:57 PM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Beautiful Work! Thanks For Posting!


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#5 posted 02-07-2014 03:39 PM

Looks good and sturdy. Like those well made dovetails and great finish. Your wife gotta love it. Great job!

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