Step Stool of Love

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Project by Kyle posted 01-18-2013 10:18 PM 5864 views 19 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a family I’m friends with that recently moved into a new home. As a house warming present, I put my chest of drawers on pause and made them this step stool based off of Tommy Mac’s design.

It was quick, easy, sturdy, and most importantly… fun to make. Out of all the things I could have made for them, I thought this was the best thing because all five of them (mom, dad, three kids) are vertically challenged and their new cabinets are not. I mean that in the nicest way possible.

I made this back in Sept. ‘12 and since I’m posting it now, I can’t remember how long it took me or some of the details or difficulties I had (sorry). All I can remember is the wood is cherry and quilted maple, and the joinery is hand cut. I chose cherry because it matches their cabinets and the maple was just something special to throw in there.

The finish is some kind of poly/tung/something else home mix that I read about, experimented with and won’t ever use again. It’s definitely a durable finish which is what a project like this needs. The pictures above were taken just after I applied it which is why it looks glossy.

From my understanding, this step stool gets used every single day. You can’t beat that. I showed them how much they mean to me, and they’re reminded of it every day. I’m sure for most of us Lumberjocks, this is what it’s all about. Thanks for checking it out.

-- Kyle

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 10:37 PM

Wow! The wood looks great. Is that because of the finish?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 10:44 PM

That’s amazing wood and a very cool stool


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#3 posted 01-18-2013 10:52 PM

Neat little stool! Love the quilted maple

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 10:56 PM

Great looking stool; fabulous timbers.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 10:56 PM

That’s some really great work! I’d love to get my hands on some maple like that.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 11:40 PM

Very attractive peace. Great job on the dovetails. Very nice!

-- Michael and Matthew

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 01:01 AM

Classy looking work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 01:05 AM

This one is going right into my Favorites ! Great project , choice of woods , and dovetail work : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 02:04 AM

“quick and easy”.....For you maybe. That is the nicest step stool I have ever seen! Your friends will think about you every time they use it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 02:29 AM

Great job except for the Ford! LOL Chevy would have made the value Higher :>)”

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 01-19-2013 03:07 AM

Nice guy, and a beautiful piece of curly maple! I’d be hard-pressed to give that away.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 01-19-2013 04:40 AM

Awesome job and wood. Almost a shame to step on it ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 01-19-2013 05:14 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments, guys. That’s what makes this website the best.

Surfside—The wood looks like that without the finish but it looks even more crazy with the finish on it.

Timmons—There’s a guy about 10 miles from me that has a barn full of it.

Dusty—It’s my favorite step too. Thank you.

gfadvm—This step is quick and easy compared to the chest of drawers that’s taking me forever to finish.

Ken—Your statement reminds me of a bumper sticker I’ve read… “I’d rather be pushing a Chevy than driving a Ford.”

Atom and Topa—Knowing it’ll be stepped on is actually the most flattering part of all. :)

-- Kyle

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#14 posted 01-19-2013 01:36 PM

that is what it’s all about!! i made one virtually like this 25-30 yrs??ago, and I still use it today. Solid design

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#15 posted 01-19-2013 02:02 PM

Beautiful work, thank you for sharing.

-- Pete in NC

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