Little Steps for little feet!

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Project by GaryK posted 08-30-2008 02:50 AM 3271 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the step stool I mentioned designing in another post.

I designed it for my daughter to reach the sink in the bathroom.

It’s made from Santos Mahogany and Peruvian Walnut. No fancy joinery just 24 1 3/4” long screws
with the heads plugged the the opposite colored wood. I didn’t ever want this to work loose, so glued
and screwed.

The steps are both 6” heigh. The only part I was worried about was it breaking at the inside corner at the first step, right in the middle. The third picture shows my solution so that it will never break. I added a spline lengthwise. I cut this by clamping the completed stool to the tablesaw fence and raising the blade up to the depth I wanted. Then cut the spline by setting my compass to 5” (the radius of my 10” blade) and marked the spline and cut it out.

Total time about 4 hours over two days.

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

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#1 posted 08-30-2008 03:53 AM

Nice looking and very functional step stool. Enjoy her, they grow up way too fast. Thanks for sharing Gary.

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

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 03:59 AM

That is some beautyful wood and I like the use of the opposing colored plugs. Great stool.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 08-30-2008 04:28 AM

This is another well designed project. The contrasting woods add some nice details to the piece. I am sure you daughter will get a lot of use out of it before she gets big enough to reach the faucet on her own (which won’t be long.)

Now that you have given her this independence it won’t be long before she realizes that she can fill the sink and play in the water without help!! :)

Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#4 posted 08-30-2008 04:45 AM

I really like the wood colors and the opposing-color plugs.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-30-2008 04:46 AM

these woods are beautiful together…i love the “plugs”...

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#6 posted 08-30-2008 05:56 AM

Looks great, Gary!

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#7 posted 08-30-2008 08:49 AM

Simple and effective, A good tip for the spline.

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#8 posted 08-30-2008 11:15 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 08-30-2008 02:33 PM

Really nice. I bet your daughter loves doing for herself.

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#10 posted 08-30-2008 04:16 PM

Very Nice Gary


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#11 posted 08-30-2008 05:10 PM

Excellent down to the splines.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 08-31-2008 06:33 PM

great stool for the little Princess to step on ….. thanks for the tip on the spline , Gary : )

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#13 posted 08-31-2008 11:20 PM

nice work and good design detail

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#14 posted 09-06-2008 06:11 AM

In keeping with your skills and ideas you have constructed a beautiful step stool for your princess. She will love it. It will be useful for the next one!

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 11-25-2008 12:41 AM

I don’t know how I missed this one, but I did. (my head must have been somewhere else that day.) I like the design. Very elegant and I expect it will be around for a long time.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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