Folding Step Stool

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Folding Step Stool
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I used 1X Miller Dowels, No screws and Watco Danish Oil. Walnut and I think Ash , some scraps that I’ve had for years. The book is discounted at Amazon I paid $7.98 But this is a easy one day project.
Top Step 16 X 7.75
Step 12.75×7.25
Front legs 22.25 X 4” cut at 60°
Rear legs 19.0375 X 3” cut at 20° round off inside corner at 1 1/16 radius
The Pivot hole is critical I taped rear legs and drilled them both then taped them to the front and drilled them. About 1.25 from the edges.
I have a small lathe so I cut the step dowel but the same could have been produced by inserting a 1/2” dowel into a 1” dowel with glue
2 two” slats support the rear legs. Tools used
Biscuit Jointer on both steps,
Table Saw, Band saw (radius on rear leg) router table, belt & random orbit sanders, and some clamps.
I made this last weekend after seeing Todd’s photo.
Looks much nicer than the molded plastic POS I had been using.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 07:37 AM

great looking step stool… nice combination of woods…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 07:42 AM

It’s a classic project isn’t it? We still use ours all the time. The Watco Danish Oil works if you reapply it every now and then. Any film finish would have been trashed by now, no matter what.

It looks great! Nice wood combo!

Thanks for the heads up:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 03:26 PM

A classic beauty. Nicely constructed. I admire the details and extra effort put into it.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 04:17 PM

The book is from todd ’s site.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 05:42 AM

Todd’s post lists the book. The stool plans came from a Taunton book, “Classic Kitchen Projects”, by Niall Barrett
On Amazon List price $19.95, Paperback, Bargain Price $7.98 Now they show 2 left at the $7.98 price. I picked up the book at Amazon. As a side note this step stool would also make a good seat for camping. Using the dimensions above is could be easily made without the book.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 04:31 AM

last post on this was, oh, nearly 2 years ago. i searched this little beauty out though as i was looking for a 2 stepper style stool. really, really nice job. just what the wife ordered, i have just the right scrap in mind—and i do believe i’ll buy the book. that said, i want to remind people to use half dot com for the book if it’s within their web retail comfort level. shipping is usually around 3 bucks and they have quite a number of copies for a mere 75¢ a pop. thanks for this post gary. great stuff.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 04:54 AM

Very cool step stool ,I like the wood choices.


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#8 posted 02-06-2012 04:25 AM

Hey Gary- just made this stool – thanks to you and Todd for the “suggestion”...

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#9 posted 08-31-2012 02:38 AM

Just made it too!

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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#10 posted 06-19-2015 05:40 AM

I think I’m going to make it this weekend. Thanks for the pics!

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#11 posted 10-24-2017 09:40 PM

Just curious how you got you 60° measurement. I reverse engineered it based on the leg measurements and got 33°. Just wanted to know if/what I was doing wrong. Thanks

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