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Project by Chmey posted 12-11-2019 05:37 PM 630 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While searching the internet for a step stool build for the granddaughter, I came across this project from Chainjack, “” dated 4/12/13.

I took his concept and built it for our furniture style and size requirements.
Approx 9 ½ deep (each step) x 14 ½ w x 14 ½ h. Steps are at approx 7” & 14”.
Made from cherry (Rockler), with basic shop tools and skills.
It took some math, and trial & error to figure out the pivot point for the lower step and dowel.
Started the project with paper drawing and measurements, then made small prototype out of scrap wood, then used what I learned in the prototype to build this.

Finished with General Finishes oil based Candlewood stain, and 3 coats of oil based satin.
Like Chainjack, assembled this with dowels and glue only.

Thanks for looking.

-- My woodworking philosophy: Measure 3x: Cut 1x: Oops: Go buy more wood.

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#1 posted 12-11-2019 06:06 PM

Pretty darn nice!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 12-11-2019 06:30 PM

Beautiful glow…......too nice to stand on!
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 12-11-2019 08:26 PM

looks beautiful glad you found inspiration here as i have many times,that’s the beauty of lj’s.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 12-11-2019 08:55 PM

Very nice!

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#5 posted 12-11-2019 09:11 PM

I’ve got to build some of those! (Before all the kids get too tall to need one.)

I would change it to put a handle hole in the middle of the top – to make it easier to carry around. I worry about the bottom step flopping out while being carried, so I might want some kind of latch to hold it in a bit – perhaps just a magnetic catch.

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#6 posted 12-11-2019 11:20 PM

Gorgeous work!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 12-12-2019 01:50 AM

The step-stool is absolutely gorgeous! I hope you have trained all who might use it to remove their shoes first and make certain their socks aren’t slippery! (Maybe you could keep a pair of hospital slippers with it.) It’s much too nice to risk scratches.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 12-12-2019 02:32 AM

Well executed. It came out great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 12-12-2019 04:52 AM

Beautiful style and wood. The finish also makes everything stand out. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 12-12-2019 02:11 PM

Hi all,
Thanks for the comments. It was simple and fun to build.
Actually the finished stool is not as shiny as the pictures show. Must be the lighting and camera angle.
I used a wipe-on satin oil based finish.

Yes, I thought about a hole in the top to carry, but didn’t want to disturb the nice grain.
Since it won’t be moved around this won’t be an issue for us.
Also, I located the stop pegs further back for the bottom step so the weight of the step prevents it from falling out during movement.

-- My woodworking philosophy: Measure 3x: Cut 1x: Oops: Go buy more wood.

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#11 posted 12-13-2019 09:38 PM

Nice stool – great finish on that cherry!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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