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Project by CallanP posted 01-12-2018 05:31 PM 699 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this Stepstool in my shop class
Material: Cherry
Finish used: Tung oil

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#1 posted 01-12-2018 06:25 PM

You did a nice job on that stool.
I would point out one functional design problem. You made the legs flat on the bottom which is OK in most situations but if there is something that creates an uneven floor your stool will have a tendency to tip or rock and be unsteady. that is the reason some of the other stools had arches that created 4 contact points with the floor avoiding this rocker affect.
On the other hand if the ground is soft, like dirt, the flat bottom will be steadier even if it tilts a little.. Think of a ladder with 4 points of support on a soft surface. If one leg sinks in the whole thing tips but if there is a flat board between each pair of legs it is much more stable. Functional design is an important part of wood working and other things in life.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 01-13-2018 04:26 AM

Nice work.

I am curious on the requirements given to you by the instructor. Were these stools to be a certain size as in length, width and height or was the entire design up to you?

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#3 posted 01-13-2018 02:32 PM

Nice looking stool but I would agree with the comment made by Les about the Flat Bottom Legs. Also the Top Sides (IMHO) are to far out from the point where the Legs touch the floor. If you step out there Tippy Tippy Bang Bang! ...... LOL …...

No Offence Intended!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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