Step Stool

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Project by MattD posted 08-10-2007 05:36 AM 3840 views 17 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this from cherry and maple scrap last year. This was when I discovered plug cutters and so I made my own round plugs since I couldn’t find any locally to match. I haven’t made a single plug since. The finish is natural with Waterlox/Wax.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 08-10-2007 05:38 AM

nice piece … good neat job,

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 08-10-2007 07:13 AM

very nice, think I’ll make one of these for my shop..

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#3 posted 08-10-2007 08:57 AM

good looking step stool…how can you wrong combining cherry and maple?!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 08-10-2007 01:00 PM

The contrasting wood looks great.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 08-10-2007 01:25 PM

it’s beautiful and very sturdy looking.

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

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#6 posted 08-10-2007 08:32 PM

Just a great start on your journey through LumberJocks! Great step stool.

Love the contrast in woods. You have just a natural finish on this don’t you?

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

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#7 posted 08-10-2007 09:12 PM

I appreciate the comments from everyone. I’m quickly being absorbed into Lumberjocks.

PanamaJack – Yes. Just a natural finish (Waterlox) and about a year of the cherry darkening on it’s own. Anyone successful darkening cherry faster without stains/tints?

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#8 posted 08-10-2007 09:20 PM

With or with out the natural finish it will still darken with age. I don’t think there is any stopping it. I sold cabinets for years, unfortunately not making them, though a local lumber yard. I go into these homes today and the cabinets are much, much darker than when I sold them. Including the ones that were a natural finish when sold. Can one micro wave cherry…I guess in smaller pieces. Maybe that would work…?

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

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#9 posted 08-10-2007 09:46 PM

Matt – I’ve read that Tried and True Varnish Oil darkens cherry up faster than other finishes…this from Christian Becksvoort – who has many years working with with cherry…not sure if it’s in this brief article but worth peeking at.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 08-10-2007 09:58 PM

Cool stool! And all from scrap, even cooler. Well Done.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#11 posted 08-10-2007 10:01 PM

I hear that if you apply some latex paint and put sand in it, it will make that top step less slippery ;^D

Just kidding – nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 08-12-2007 05:24 AM

Very cool looking step stoll. Nice job!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#13 posted 08-15-2007 06:02 AM

putting cherry under a UV light – full spectrum bulb, or one for tanning – should do the trick – at least can simulate longer days under stonger sun to darken it up.

Beautiful work. I too have cut my own plugs, though I don’t do it very often. So nice to have options beyond the crappy end grain ones from the Big Box…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 01-26-2008 03:40 PM

nice work, attractive piece!

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#15 posted 01-26-2008 04:46 PM

Looks solid as a rock.

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