Step Stool Housewarming Gift

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Project by WoopLogic posted 01-23-2016 03:56 PM 1882 views 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small step stool I made for my sister as a housewarming gift. I wanted it to be strong and she likes bright colors so purpleheart had to be involved. I used ash as the primary wood to make the color of the purpleheart pop more.

The top was my first try a book matching a panel. Not sure if I ever want to do that again. I’m a hand-tool guy and got a little frustrated that I was planing against the grain on one side but with the grain on the other side. I’m sure a better tuned hand plane would have helped.

I think I met the strength criteria I set for myself; after finishing this I felt like I could park my car on it.

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 04:51 PM

I’m pretty sure WOW isn’t sufficient but I can’t think of anything stronger to say other than it’s is really striking. I believe you accomplished your goal
Did I say I really like it ?

And Welcome to LJ’s – keep ‘em coming

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#2 posted 01-23-2016 05:30 PM

Those purplehearth inserts made this just ordinary design stool into something awesome and special. Those joints are realy great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-23-2016 10:20 PM

love it! great use of purpleheart.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#4 posted 01-25-2016 06:28 AM

nice piece i’m a purple heart fan myself

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#5 posted 01-25-2016 05:53 PM

Very eye-catching piece. Well done.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 01-25-2016 11:26 PM

Beautiful. Purpleheart is my favorite colored wood but one of the species i hate to work with as well. lol. Really gorgeous though

-- Bob, Fall River, Ma

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