The Box Step

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Project by NBeener posted 10-18-2009 09:07 PM 2044 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last place that SWMBO and I lived, in San Diego was in a charming 1900’s craftsman house.

Part of its charm was things like the back door.

You stepped out onto the stoop, and either figured out how to dance around the screen door to use the awkwardly placed steps to nowhere, or you donned your parachute and jumped about 2.5’ down from the step to the patio.

I figured … since I had a three piece power tool set … I could build something.

So … enter the box step. 3/4” PT ply, interior L-Brackets for additional strength, Cabot outdoor stain, 3M safety tread stuff on the top, s/s piano hinge, and an overhang for lift-up of the top. It was so darned heavy, it didn’t need to be secured TO the stoop to avoid moving.

It held my wife’s gardening tools quite nicely.

I left it for the landlord, rather than move it to Colorado. I’m thinking it’ll be there for quite a while.

That was really my first “woodworking project,” and—while I knew I did a mediocre job, at best (!)—it really sparked my interest in this pastime.

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 10-18-2009 09:24 PM

you must have spent more time there than the original builder ,
it’s a nice addition , and i’m sure a safe one .

and fortunately for us LJ’s ,

it brought you here !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 09:55 PM

That’s how it starts. First necessity… and onto invention.

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 02:21 AM

I’m thinking a good place for nuclear fall out…can a family of four fit in there neil…ha…..a good start to enter the world of wood…...good job…bob

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 10-20-2009 03:20 AM

Thanks, Gents.

It was the first step in … what’s turning out to be … a long and enjoyable journey!

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 11:48 PM

that looks great man!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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