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Project by Ross Leidy posted 01-28-2020 02:59 PM 430 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend was looking for a step stool for her toddler twins to use together at the bathroom sink. Here’s what I came up with. It’s 3/4” bb ply with CNC-cut pieces, mortise and tenon, no fasteners (just glue), with a few coats of water-based satin poly.





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lightweightladylefty

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#1 posted 01-29-2020 06:13 AM

Ross,

The clean lines of your design are especially nice. I wouldn’t have guessed at first glance that it was plywood. Emmy and Sam have a very nice stool to use.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Ross Leidy

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#2 posted 01-29-2020 09:46 PM

Thanks, I appreciate that comment.


Ross,

The clean lines of your design are especially nice. I wouldn t have guessed at first glance that it was plywood. Emmy and Sam have a very nice stool to use.

L/W

- lightweightladylefty


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Foghorn

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#3 posted 01-30-2020 04:08 PM

Very nice. One thing I learned a long time ago is to ensure the bottom edge at the front protrudes marginally farther (at least 1/4”) than the front edge of the top step. Otherwise, if someone gets there weight too close to the front of the top step, the stool can flip out very fast. It looks like yours is correct, but tough to tell from the pics.

-- Darrel

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Ross Leidy

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#4 posted 01-30-2020 04:27 PM

Very good point. Yes, I made sure that the side supports at the floor level extended further fore and aft than the edges of each of the treads.


Very nice. One thing I learned a long time ago is to ensure the bottom edge at the front protrudes marginally farther (at least 1/4”) than the front edge of the top step. Otherwise, if someone gets there weight too close to the front of the top step, the stool can flip out very fast. It looks like yours is correct, but tough to tell from the pics.

- Foghorn


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mafe

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#5 posted 02-03-2020 10:56 PM

Sweet.
Lucky kids.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RalphCompton

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#6 posted 02-04-2020 06:51 PM

Very nice design and execution, going in my “to do” file for the grandkids. I understand about the top step not overhanging the base. I don’t quite understand the joinery between the treads and the sides, though. Did you mortise the bottoms of the treads? Would appreciate a picture of how the treads and sides are attached.

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RalphCompton

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#7 posted 02-04-2020 06:55 PM

Oops, should have studied the pictures more closely! Yes, mortised. Mery clean and nice.

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