Folding step-stool

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Project by Ben Griffith posted 05-02-2008 03:44 AM 2151 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this stool with (and for) my son so he can reach the bathroom sink. I thought a regular two step stool would get in the way so I poked around online looking for folding stools. I found a picture of one where the bottom step swings up and under the top step, and then scribbled down some notes and diagrams and came up with this. My son is 2 1/2, and he helped by holding boards and dowels as I cut them (with hand tools only of course! He made it very clear that I was not to make any loud noises while he was in the basement!). He also enjoyed sanding and especially pounding the dowels into the holes. I finished it with some garnet shellac to give it a little color and 3 coats of Polycrylic. After it was done I decided it needed to be a little more stable so I added a couple little “feet” in the front to give it a wider base. The feet are scraps of oak glued into slots in the front parts of the legs.

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 03:57 AM


This is both a practical and useful project. You did a nice job with this step stool and it was a great idea to get your son involved in the construction. After all this is HIS stool.

Nice post and thanks for the story behind it as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 05:52 AM

That’s pretty cool! I’ve never seen one that flips out like that.

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

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#3 posted 05-03-2008 03:53 PM

Thanks Scott and Gary! I just found a similar one here, but with two fold out steps instead of one:

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#4 posted 05-03-2008 03:55 PM

Ben a great project and getting the receiver involved was a smart move. Soon he’s be making all of the noise and you will be asking for quiet.

-- 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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#5 posted 08-16-2010 11:26 AM

Very nicely done. It’s an unusual design.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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