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thrax

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482 days ago

I wanted to build my son a step stool and my wife really liked this one that she saw on a web site.

http://www.meiselwoodhobby.com/Products/ViewProduct.aspx?id=13033

I decided to just buy the plan so I would have the shape of the turtle rather than draw it myself. However, I don’t really like the joinery they use for either of the steps. For the small step they are screwing a cleat in for the step to rest on and for the top step they are simply screwing the top down into the sides.

I want to limit any mechanical fasteners. My first idea for the small step was to use a mortise and tenon. This is all 3/4” lumber so the mortise would be about 1/2” deep and 1/2” thick. Would this been strong enough for a step or should I so something else?

I am not really sure what would be best for joining the top step to the sides. I thought possible a mortise and here as well, but it would be really close to the edge of the step and really long. The only other thing I could think of is dowels. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated. Thanks.


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 482 days ago

Wedged dowels would be one solution.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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derosa

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#2 posted 481 days ago

I built something just like it and used dowels for both the top and step. Wish I’d seen this though, would have copied the paint job.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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RogerInColorado

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#3 posted 481 days ago

I agree with Rev. Russ. Dowels and glue. Simple, fast, strong.

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thrax

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#4 posted 480 days ago

I think I will use dowels to attach the top. Would mortise and tenon be viable for attaching the small step to the turtle head? The mortise would only be around 1/2” deep and 1/2” thick by 3” wide.

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Craftsman70

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#5 posted 480 days ago

When I built a step stool for my daughter I just used glue and an shot brad nails since it was going to be painted. Its held up fine.

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