One Step Stools

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 06-15-2007 04:21 AM 3127 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch


These are a favorite gift we’ve been making for years. The one on the left is our standard pine version. Recently I made a few using oak, cherry and walnut. They are finished with two coats of Deft and one coat of wax. These stand about 32 inches tall. My wife puts on all types of different stencil designs on these.

We give these to family and friends for Christmas presents. The stools are great for use in the kitchen for women and children trying to reach into the upper cabinets. The hardwood versions are made with sliding dovetails made with a leigh jig.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 06-15-2007 04:24 AM

They look very nice and quite functional. How do you like your leigh jig?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 06-15-2007 04:36 AM

I have both the 12” and 24” model. These are two of my favorite tools. Once you learn how to use them, they produce fantastic results with minimal effort.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 06-15-2007 04:42 AM

Cool Stool(s).

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 06-15-2007 04:42 AM

You did a very very cool. good job. jockmike

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#5 posted 06-15-2007 04:49 AM

Those are great. My fatherinlaw gave my daughter a present of a one step stool that transformed into an ironing board!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-15-2007 05:59 AM

Realy nice, they look taller than 32” nice wood too.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 06-15-2007 06:19 AM

These are cool… my wife has been asking for a stool for about the last 10 years. I like this plan. Hmmm.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 06-15-2007 11:55 AM

These are nice functional stools and I can see plenty of space to carve in. Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#9 posted 06-15-2007 12:05 PM

Beautiful. I agree with Ron on height. The top of the ring matches the height of the fridge door which would be at least 42” if not a little bit more. If I could only get one to my 83 Y/O mom in NYC. Have a look at her not acting her age...!

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#10 posted 06-15-2007 01:08 PM

“Grandma .. get down from there!!”

Great stool, I too was fooled by the size.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 06-15-2007 03:33 PM

Interesting trick of photographic perspective…. in the first photo, the stools look to be about five feet tall!

Gizmodyne… 10 years for a stool??? I’d hate to see if she asked for a china cabinet! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 06-16-2007 12:39 AM

Those are nice and I like the sliding dovetail. Thanks for sharing. You had me going on that first photo,till I realized that they were on the table. I was looking to see how tall you made them and in the first picture the bottoms look as tall as the bottom cabinets. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 06-16-2007 03:21 AM

Great One board project. Make it from one board about 7’ long, about 8 – 10” wide I guess.

Nice looking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Bob A in NJ

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#14 posted 06-16-2007 05:28 PM

Hi all,

Sorry about the views, seems to have confused some due to the perspective and being shown from my kitchen counter.

Here are the dimensions:
All 3/4” stock
Back 8” x 30”
Step 8” x 12”
Front Leg 8” x 8”
Support pieces (2) 2” x 9 3/4”
4 Walnut plugs to coover the screws on front and back.
2 Coats of Deft and 1 coat of paste wax

-- Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 07-04-2007 08:03 AM

Thanks for this, Bob. A nice project – particularly like the one in Oak. I’ve marked it for a possible Christmas present.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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