"One step at a time" - a stool for my son

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Project by chrisstef posted 02-16-2014 01:54 PM 2158 views 10 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a little step stool i made for my 18 month old son.

Its made of curly maple with a few spots of spalting throughout. It was my first project with all hand cut joinery including my first set of real project dovetails. The finish on it is a series of transfast dyes sealed with amber shellac and a top coat of arm-r-seal.

Its far from perfect but it should hold up to the abuses of a young boy. The lil guy approves.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 02:10 PM

Steph, that’s a fine peice !
NICE work !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 02:11 PM

Fantastic job Chris! The figure is pretty awesome and the dye finish came out nice. He looks happy.

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

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 02:11 PM

Great work and very nice wood! When he turns two years old you may want to build him a “meditation bench” also know as “time out”

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 02:12 PM

Very nice, Stef! The color came out nice…gonna have to play with trans tint more…

Looks like the big guy likes it! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 02-16-2014 02:26 PM

Fine looking young man, fine looking stool. Great job on both Stef!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 02:49 PM

Hell yes.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 03:02 PM

Great looking bench and cute as could be little guy.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-16-2014 03:09 PM

Strong work Stef!! I’m impressed at how cool that finish turned out, hard work paying off for sure
I can tell the kid loves his stool!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#9 posted 02-16-2014 03:20 PM

Nice work. All of the little ones need one of those. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 02-16-2014 03:55 PM

Great project man, i made one of these and it has gotten a lot of use, even after they are tall enough to reach the sink. Now we use it to reach the top bunk of their bed.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 02-16-2014 05:37 PM

Thanks for all the kind replies gang

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#12 posted 02-16-2014 05:47 PM

Where’s the build pics at?

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#13 posted 02-16-2014 06:12 PM

Great looking stool man, crazy dye can make maple look like that, awesome. Mini-Stef approves!

-- Chain Hang To My Ding-A-Ling --

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#14 posted 02-16-2014 06:31 PM

Looks pretty darn nice. I was a bit concerned at one point of the finishing process, but I think you achieved a nice looking color.

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#15 posted 02-16-2014 06:46 PM

I don’t get it. I just saw a three pak of these, in assorted sizes, at Ikea for $19.95.

-- I love Jeeps

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