Step Stool for My Kids

  • Advertise with us
Project by Eric posted 07-29-2008 08:04 AM 7200 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy found a mattress “pallet” (pine?) from an Ikea bed (see the pic here) discarded on the side of the road, and passed it on to me. I was happy to take the opportunity to make something out of a wood that wasn’t a tropical hardwood (about all I can find here that’s reasonably priced). The wedges for the tenons are from scrap hardwood that came off an old cabinet.

So here it is. This one was a “speedy” project, only taking me about 40 days as opposed to six months for my last one. The stool was made entirely with hand tools. I finished the box with a couple coats of BLO/varnish/spirits, followed by a couple more coats of varnish/spirits. You can read about the building of this stool in my blog series here on LumberJocks.

I in no way expect to come close to winning the “One Man’s Junk” contest, but I am very proud to have come so far as to actually have an entry! As all the Miss America losing contestants say, “It’s just an honor to be here.”

Tools used: ryoba saw, coping saw, Stanley #4 plane, spokeshave, cabinet scraper, chisels, combination square, and a carving chisel (to accentuate the lines in between boards).

-- Eric at

18 comments so far

View Russel's profile


2199 posts in 4211 days

#1 posted 07-29-2008 11:48 AM

That’s a pretty cool stool. The dovetails and wedged tenons add nice detail to the simple lines.

-- Working at Woodworking

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 4094 days

#2 posted 07-29-2008 11:54 AM

This turned out pretty nice, Eric. You have a nice entry into the contest as well.

Well done. By the way it looks as if you have a satisfied client. :)

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

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 4572 days

#3 posted 07-29-2008 12:30 PM

A beautiful stool for a beautiful little girl.

A very nice finish, & great craftsmanship.

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

View trifern's profile


8135 posts in 4039 days

#4 posted 07-29-2008 12:38 PM

Nice build Eric and thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

View teenagewoodworker's profile


2727 posts in 4040 days

#5 posted 07-29-2008 02:44 PM

looks great Eric! thanks for the post

View PurpLev's profile


8550 posts in 3921 days

#6 posted 07-29-2008 02:58 PM

that thing just looks NICE! can’t imagine this coming out of a pallet…!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View Eric's profile


875 posts in 4056 days

#7 posted 07-29-2008 04:55 PM

Here’s what the wood came from:

Mattress Pallet

-- Eric at

View Dominic Vanacora's profile

Dominic Vanacora

508 posts in 4142 days

#8 posted 07-29-2008 05:03 PM

Well here we go again, every time I look at the stool I make I’ll be thinking of your’s. Nice reuse of lumber and a great project and your child will have it until the end of time. I hope you signed it. This will be around for a long long time. Very nice.
Did you have to make it all with hand tools. Now I really feel bad.
Oh well some of us have it and some don’t.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

View ChicoWoodnut's profile


904 posts in 4087 days

#9 posted 07-29-2008 06:47 PM

You definitely have it Eric!

Nice job on a fun looking project.

BTW, I think Im going on close to a year on my current project LOL. Plus 17 blog entries.

But once I am done figuring out all the design elements I’ll have them tucked under my belt for my next project.


-- Scott - Chico California

View SteveKorz's profile


2139 posts in 3986 days

#10 posted 07-29-2008 07:00 PM

Very nice Eric!

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

View Paul's profile


660 posts in 4365 days

#11 posted 07-29-2008 07:10 PM

Looks great! Clean lines, excellent joinery. I’m sure your stool will last for a long time.

-- Paul, Kentucky

View jockmike2's profile


10635 posts in 4519 days

#12 posted 07-29-2008 09:46 PM

Very nice project, you did very good. Be proud. The little girl looks like she is.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

View motthunter's profile


2141 posts in 4071 days

#13 posted 07-29-2008 09:49 PM

love it when trash becomes treasure

-- making sawdust....

View RobS's profile


1334 posts in 4579 days

#14 posted 07-29-2008 10:58 PM

Nice Eric! I enjoyed the journey. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

View Dorje's profile


1763 posts in 4269 days

#15 posted 07-29-2008 11:09 PM

This came out great Eric! Your handcut joinery looks sharp!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics