2nd Folding Stool- Lightweight

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-09-2013 02:17 PM 3362 views 9 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lightweight version of the Aris Folding Step Stool. I used a light wood and the main members are 7/8”x 1 5/8” instead of 1”x 2”. I cut the sliding bar size in half and was worried about that but it seems to hold very well. The treads are made from 1/2” maple plywood with walnut banding to hide the plies from showing. It also has nylon feet that are screwed and doweled on so I can use it in the Arizona gravel

For all the pivots I have inserted 45 Auto shells and made steel pins to fit.( see last photo) The pins in the back that attach to the sliding bar were drilled out so I could put a 10-24 bolt through them. All steel pins are finished with gun bluing. There are also brass pins pressed into the legs and that ride in the slots on the sliding bar.

The lower oak braces are doweled in and fastened with pocket screws. This stool is made so it can be taken apart. I thought I might have to re make that sliding bar if it broke on tryout!

The back members of the stop frames are mortice and tenon joints. That is what I made the tenon jig for.

I don’t know the type of wood I used for the frame. Someone gave me a 1”x6” x8’ board that I had on the rack for years and it is a hardwood but very light. Just what I went looking for. The only thing I had to buy were the 10-24 bolts and lock nuts. It did not go a whole lot faster than the first one. There is a lot of machining and I had to be careful to not mix up pieces with the hole patterns. I did drill 2 extra holes in the back legs that I had to plug.

I finished it with 2 coats of Tung oil and 2 coats of satin poly.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-09-2013 02:26 PM

Very cool looking project. Great job on it as always Jim.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#2 posted 11-09-2013 02:36 PM

Super craftsmanship! You’ve really got layout and plans that you have reverse engineered down pat, Then you adjust as appropriate as you desire. Wish I were so blessed with thw artistic side of the brain more. Do you have any idea of the load the lighter stool will bear given the hard wood and grain direction that is used?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 11-09-2013 02:38 PM

Jim that is such a cool project. Excellent !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 02:38 PM

Awesome Jim. Looks better than the first. Nice joinery. What would you say the weight limit is?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 11-09-2013 03:11 PM

Super cool, even better now.
As always what you make looks so pro!
Best thoughts my dear friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 11-09-2013 03:14 PM

Looks really nice.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 11-09-2013 03:20 PM

That is a really cool looking folding stool. The mechanics of it is awesome….great work.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 11-09-2013 03:42 PM

Super job, Jim! Great design and build.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 11-09-2013 03:44 PM

This is a quality build Jim. I like it!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 11-09-2013 04:20 PM

The second one is always better than the first. I like it.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#11 posted 11-09-2013 04:33 PM

Mighty fine looking step stool Jim. It looks sturdy and very well built. An excellent tool for extracting cookies from the jar in the top cupboard!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 11-09-2013 04:45 PM

That’s a nice design, Jum and you’ve done a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 11-09-2013 04:57 PM

great build. love the ‘brass’ bushings. an engineering marvel.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#14 posted 11-09-2013 06:30 PM

Jim…That looks like something built by a preschooler…YEAH RIGHT....that is an amazing build buddy!!! The craftsmanship is almost as outstanding as the imagination driving it. Nice work sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#15 posted 11-09-2013 06:34 PM

Awesome Jim, I like how creative these designs are.

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