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Project by MillerWoodcraft posted 05-03-2019 10:42 AM 412 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Look Ma, no nails! This is a little ash mortise and tenon step stool I made for my wife as an anniversary gift. Stool measures about 8” deep, 16” wide and 5” tall. Finished with a seal coat of super blonde de-waxed shellac (1lb cut) and topped off with 2 coats of brushin’ lacquer for added durability. I have documented the build in a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2McodnxYKQ if you’re interested in seeing how it all came together.

-- Mike Miller, https://millerwoodcraft.net/





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#1 posted 05-03-2019 12:43 PM

A nice simple and attractive design.

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#2 posted 05-03-2019 12:43 PM

Very nice, looks great.

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MillerWoodcraft

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#3 posted 05-03-2019 01:23 PM



A nice simple and attractive design.

- swirt


Very nice, looks great.

- ChrisK

Thank you

-- Mike Miller, https://millerwoodcraft.net/

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SMP

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#4 posted 05-03-2019 02:08 PM

Simple and elegant. Kind of reminds me of a japanese tabletop joinery mini bench I have been wanting to build!

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MillerWoodcraft

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#5 posted 05-03-2019 03:49 PM



Simple and elegant. Kind of reminds me of a japanese tabletop joinery mini bench I have been wanting to build!

- SMP


Thank you. You know, I did have the same Japanese style feeling when I finished it. I can’t quite place my influence on this, but quite possibly Japanese carpentry

-- Mike Miller, https://millerwoodcraft.net/

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#6 posted 05-03-2019 08:07 PM

Is that a 2×12? Is this your design? If so bravo.

Looks great, as said simple easy design that keeps itself tight, and rack proof based on the M&T’s

-- Think safe, be safe

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MillerWoodcraft

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#7 posted 05-03-2019 09:48 PM

Yes my design and no… not a 2×12, the board was milled from a rough ash slab to dimensions


Is that a 2×12? Is this your design? If so bravo.

Looks great, as said simple easy design that keeps itself tight, and rack proof based on the M&T s

- therealSteveN


-- Mike Miller, https://millerwoodcraft.net/

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#8 posted 05-04-2019 12:41 AM

Very nice design and build.

-- AJ

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#9 posted 05-04-2019 07:06 AM

We’ll made, but there is an inherent danger when the top of a footstool overhangs the supporting legs. A misstep or shifting weight can lead to a tip and tumble. I realize this is a fairly wide platform, and may be more stable than some I’ve seen. Still…

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#10 posted 05-04-2019 03:01 PM

I love the simplicity…makes it elegant! Great work!

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#11 posted 05-04-2019 08:34 PM

usually, I would agree with you… but this stool is 5” tall, you gotta try pretty hard to tip it… and when you do… you the fall is negligible…. Additionally, the tenons were left long as a mechanical warning of stepping too close to the edge.


We ll made, but there is an inherent danger when the top of a footstool overhangs the supporting legs. A misstep or shifting weight can lead to a tip and tumble. I realize this is a fairly wide platform, and may be more stable than some I ve seen. Still…

- HankLP


-- Mike Miller, https://millerwoodcraft.net/

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