Step stool - repurposed Coca Cola crate

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Project by Brodan posted 01-16-2021 09:09 PM 530 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend is remodeling her home and is a big fan of Coca Cola decor, which is what she is decorating her laundry room with.
My wife asked me to make something incorporating a wood coke case. After considering making a shadow box or wall shelf I recalled seeing several of the small folding step stools in some earlier LJ projects( 2012 and earlier although I’m sure there are many more.)

Mainly stayed with the dimensions posted by GaryCN, except for the width which I made about 1/2” narrower due to the size of the coke crate ends. Steps are 15/16 thick to accommodate the planed down coke crate sides. The unevenness of the wood from the crate created a bit of a challenge, as you can see by where I milled off an area of graphics on the bottom step.

Material is some scrap maple I had and a 1” dia poplar dowel from big box store. Everything was doweled and glued. No screws or nails used

Finished with a coat of danish oil, just to get a somewhat uneven weathered look.

-- Dan, TN

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#1 posted 01-17-2021 04:11 AM

What a neat gift! Very nicely customized.

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#2 posted 01-17-2021 03:27 PM

Wow. I really like this. Great use of the old parts in perfect ways.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 01-17-2021 07:02 PM

Man that’s really creative using the crate for a stool. I like it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 01-19-2021 02:41 PM

Great idea and craftsmanship! I’ve had a Coke crate like that for years. Now I have the inspiration.

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#5 posted 01-19-2021 03:44 PM

Very nice,you did well thinking it up and getting it done so beautifully.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 01:48 PM

Thanks for all of the comments. It was a fun build.

-- Dan, TN

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