Teri's Stepstool

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Project by lobro4 posted 01-05-2020 09:58 PM 1482 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest brother and his wife had their cabinets redone recently. Cherry—and they look marvelous. There were some leftover pieces and they wanted to have a matching item made from the scrap to match the cabinets. He and his wife came to the conclusion that a stepstool would be a practical item to have. So, starting with a 30”x30” raised panel door, and seven other pieces of 4/4 material of different sizes it was off to the races. But let me be clear, I had no room for error due to the small amount of lumber. Plans for the step ladder are from Woodsmith Magazine No. 183. Thickness of all parts is ¾”. Mortise and tenon joinery on the frame. The steps rotate on ¼” bar stock. Heavy duty strap hinges help support the bottom step. Magnetic catch holds the top step in place when the stood is folded. Everything sanded to 150. The stain was a mix of two Mohawk stains that were left over so I can’t comment of the color. I then let the stain cure for a week. The topcoat is 4 coats of General Finishes Gloss water-based polyurethane. 400 grit scuffing between coats. So, there it is, now they can reach the soup cans on the upper shelf! Hey, Teri! I’d like some chicken noodle!

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#1 posted 01-05-2020 10:50 PM

Very nice work. I like it a lot.

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#2 posted 01-06-2020 02:28 AM

a beautiful step stool,nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-06-2020 07:15 PM

A real ‘class act’. Beautiful project.

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#4 posted 01-06-2020 07:43 PM

Very nice.


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#5 posted 01-07-2020 02:45 AM

Turned out great. I really like the high “handle.”

I’ve had a project with limited wood from a source and understand the little extra stress working with the thought “I can’t mess up because this is all I have.”

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