Bedside Step Stool

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Project by David posted 01-26-2007 06:36 PM 26216 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my experimental project using my new Kreg pocket hole jig. My wife asked me to make a bedside step stool for her Mom on a recent visit to our home. The project is made from faux cherry finished alder and Brazilian cherry trim. Frame and panel construction with pocket hole joinery.


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#1 posted 01-26-2007 06:50 PM

Gotta love any old excuse to buy or use new tools. That’s what happened when I bought a dovetail jig from Rockler.

Nice job. Pocket holes don’t even show. HAHAHA

My first thought was how cool that would be with lids that opened.

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#2 posted 01-26-2007 07:14 PM

Michael, I agree! I love to buy tools and look for any (even the slightest) to make a new purchase. I am fortunate that I have a very understanding wife . . .

I like your idea of lids on the steps. Storage is always at a premium. Should get secure closure with rare earth magnets. Do I need any new tools if I were to build another? :-)


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#3 posted 01-26-2007 07:30 PM

Well I dont know how many tools you have but may I suggest a variable speed router and a raised panel router bit set. I recommend the Hitachi 3 1/4 hp. Big Puppy because i see that many prefessionals are using them. It also fits the Phenolic Router Table by Mark Summerfeld. Custom Router table and I have two of them and there are NONE like it

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#4 posted 01-26-2007 08:45 PM

Of course you will need new tools!

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#5 posted 01-26-2007 09:45 PM

Nice Project, I bought a Kreg jig a few years ago. I really like it. I’ve used it on quite few projects already.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 01-27-2007 12:42 AM

Thanks for the kind comments. I really like the Kreg jig as well.

Obi, I am going to quote your message. I really like the idea of a new router!


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#7 posted 01-27-2007 01:07 AM

Quote David: “I am fortunate that I have a very understanding wife . . .”

Keep buying new tools – we’ll see how long this lasts. LOL Reminds me of what another LumberJock said elsewhere, “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.”

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 01-27-2007 01:15 AM

David: I’ve got something like this beside our Spa and it has storage because thats where we put the chemicals. I’d like to make another because the current one has slats for the top and water gets in the box portion and I’d probably need stainless or real brass hinges because the steel one are beginning to rust.

But definetely get a new tool everytime you start a new project, (Even if you don’t use that tool in the construction of the project) It’s like they say “He who dies with the most tools, Wins!”

It’s very nice, good job on the construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 01-27-2007 02:11 AM

didn’t the Wood Whisperer suggest a screwdriver on a long stick, or something like that??

i love these steps! We stayed at a hotel a couple years ago and the high bed had such a step with it. I felt so “regal” when using them.

I also like the idea of storage. Maybe they could open from the front so that the step part remains sturdy.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 02-12-2007 06:26 AM

Yeah, it does look like the bottom step would be a lid. Thanks for showing the inside. Been holding off on a kreg jig myself. I’m interested to try that, and the Miller dowel system too. much of what I’ve made lately involves covering screw holes. I did get a set of plug cutters, my “I thought it was a bargain at the time” mini drill press is not up to the task, and using the drillpress mode on the shopsmith requires clever clamping and adjustment as I must use it horizontally. The ceiling is a hair too low. It works, just not quick.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 02-12-2007 06:31 AM

I bought the pocket hole jig from Summerfeld … I think it’s CMT and the thing I like about it, is that it is adjustable.

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#12 posted 04-22-2007 05:28 AM

David, you talked me into getting a Kreg system after this great piece of wood art.

You have to do what you have to do to get ‘er done!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 04-22-2007 06:25 AM

What a sweet piece David! Simply beautiful and terrific craftsmanship. Thanks for diggin her up Panama! And thanks for posting it David.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 04-22-2007 06:32 AM

Guys, thanks for the kind comments! I do like my Kreg jigs. I have one portable jig and a bench mounted Foreman.


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#15 posted 05-25-2007 04:00 AM

You know, this actually is a nice little project. I have a kreg jig and it definitely has its’ place in furniture making. I am not ashamed to use it or admit that I use it. It does depend on the project and it is a great technology.

Overall looks on this are very nice. The attachment of this piece will be high if the kids are using it, making it emotionally valuable.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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