Shaker style step stool

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Project by nellie posted 01-07-2008 08:04 AM 1418 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a Shaker-inspired step stool I made a while ago. It was my first project since rediscovering woodworking after many years. I decided to make this using hand tools only and it turned out pretty nice. The wood is pine and it’s painted a sort of olive green (I forget the name of the color).

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#1 posted 01-07-2008 08:47 AM

Pretty cool. Next you need to “step up” to something bigger and better to challange yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-07-2008 08:48 AM

Hi Nellie.

Is this from a plan out of Popular Woodworking? If so, I wondered about this plan when I saw it. It looks too tall, like it would be unstable.

Nice work with the hand tools. All the edges look nice and crisp.

-- johnjoiner

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 11:35 AM

It sure looks sturdy enough. Good job.

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#4 posted 01-07-2008 12:21 PM

good ol’ LJs…always pushing onwards and upwards

nice job

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#5 posted 01-07-2008 07:20 PM

We like the same kind of work, very nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 01-07-2008 07:46 PM

I found the plans on the Popular Mechanics web site, and it is a little tall. I built it more for decoration, and to get back into woodworking, so I wasn’t that concerned about function. Should work well, though. Now on to larger, hopefully better, projects.

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#7 posted 01-07-2008 11:20 PM

it looks right in terms of the shaker originals for height and mostly for design. these stools were meant to be used up against a wall or tall dresser. they are surprisingly stable even standing alone. many of the shaker originals were painted too. you will see them with varnish finishes now even in the museums, but many pieces have been stripped and refinished through the years.

-- Greg, CT

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