Step Stool reproduction

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Project by Rwolinski posted 02-18-2019 11:39 PM 991 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me to make a stool as close as possible in Red Oak to what the last two pictures are of a stool her father made her with plywood and screws.
No mechanical fasteners here just tusks and wedges. The angled mortise was a challenge by hand.
She will stain and finish to match her floors. Of course she gets a cut off to test color.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 12:21 PM

I really appreciate a step stool like this, with the wedged through tenons, the angled legs, single stretcher, arches in the legs, and the overhanging top. That is the essence of the Prairie Style wrapped up in a single step stool.

Step stools like this are virtually indestructible. I have a couple my dad made for us when we first got married. They are still as sturdy as the day he made them.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 03:40 PM

Beautiful lines. The joint work is awesome.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 02-21-2019 08:14 AM

Nice work. I tried to make something very similar last year but the angled through M&T turned into a visual disaster, a real humbling experience. Solid as a rock though.

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Tom Regnier

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#4 posted 02-23-2019 10:24 AM

That’s some really nice work…lots of skill involved.
In my opinion these are the kind of projects that should receive credit here on LJ.
Well done!

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#5 posted 03-11-2019 12:12 AM

Here it is finished

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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