Two Stepper

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Project by Jason posted 07-04-2008 09:29 AM 3074 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based on a project in an issue of Woodwork Magazine. The magazine version had half-blind dovetails, but I went with pinned box joints (that’s what I call ‘em anyway). That joint fits my skill level better. The stretcher is m&t into the sides. I made it out of Ash. It came out pretty well. It’s sturdy and stable. It doesn’t inspire such confidence that people will step right to the top on the first try. There’s always a little trepidation the first time. Maybe if I sloped the sides in towards the top, it would appear more stable.
I made another out of laminated pine I bought at HD. I wanted to see how that wood would work and how fast and easy a second stool would come together using the templates I made in the construction of the first stool. It was a lot more work than I hoped it would be. I painted it using milk paint and use it in the garage. The laminated pine is threatening to de-laminate. I’m disappointed with the laminated pine from HD. I’ve got a couple of tweaks I’d like to try (such as sloping in the sides), so I may make a couple more in the future.
I initially finished it with Watco Danish oil, but it suffered water spots in the first couple of days, so I gave it a couple coats of semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal.

-- Jason

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 07-04-2008 12:41 PM

A nice little step stool.

I like the Ash one the best.

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

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Rob Drown

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#2 posted 07-04-2008 03:34 PM

Nice Stool. Is it stained? That is a warm rich color that I like.


-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#3 posted 07-04-2008 03:38 PM

Nice step stool. It looks like the back is curved in the picture. I like that.

-- Steve-o

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#4 posted 07-04-2008 05:16 PM

I like your step stool.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#5 posted 07-04-2008 05:17 PM

This is very nice, I really like the lines on the front and back of the stool and the joinery. Great job, Great post!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#6 posted 07-04-2008 06:46 PM

generally speaking the laminated pine isn’t for construction / load bearing applications . It is intended for trim boards / mouldings and the like . I do like the look of the milk painted stool and I see you are artistic as well . The Ash stool does look a lot sturdier where as the pine one looks more decorative . Nice projects : )

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

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#7 posted 07-04-2008 06:46 PM

I think this is great, visually it looks outstanding.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

View Jason's profile


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#8 posted 07-04-2008 10:02 PM

Thanks for the comments, everybody. Rob – I finished it with a couple coats of Watco’s Danish Oil, Natural. Then a couple coats of semi-gloss poly. The picture I posted is pretty accurate, but I think it looks even “warmer” because of the yellow walls and wood floors in the living room where I took the picture.

-- Jason

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#9 posted 07-30-2008 07:26 AM

Nice step stool.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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