Hanging Shaker Step Stool

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Project by redtail posted 06-10-2017 11:45 AM 2181 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother asked me to make her a step stool like this one that we have had for years

I thought I could improve the design a little bit. It is made of maple and all joinery was done with hand tools. The tricky part was the sliding dovetails joining the stretcher to the legs. Especially the back leg since the slot could not extend above the top of the stool. I did what I call a keyhole sliding dovetail and made a dado in the top to accept the stretcher. It seems to have come together pretty well.

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#1 posted 06-10-2017 01:02 PM

Looks great! Nice joinery. Be proud!

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#2 posted 06-10-2017 03:08 PM

Lots of fine craftsmanship going on here! Nice Job!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 06-10-2017 03:35 PM

Nice job. I’d say that you’re a passionate woodworker.


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 02:47 AM

Wow, that’s a COOL piece. Nice work !

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#5 posted 06-11-2017 08:33 PM

This is a very nice reproduction. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 06-18-2017 10:58 PM

Nice solution for the sliding dovetail, and such a practical item. I might have to make one of these for my Mom (80 this year). Thanks for sharing.

-- Ben in Va

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#7 posted 01-15-2021 07:37 PM

Nice, very nice. I’m going to have to study your work. You are a clever designer.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 01-15-2021 08:20 PM

Very cool piece – would make a great plant stand in our modern era.

-- Bstrom

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