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I made these in 1979 after seeing something similar while driving by some working carpenters. They have been in use ever since and have worn down and inch from being slid around on concrete, etc.. The height is good for reaching 8' ceilings and can also be stacked for 12", 24", and 32". Often used for blocking & lifting heavy stuff, as a saw bench, to hold upper kitchen cabinets, & as a place to sit for lunch. Hammer claw fits in the hole to pick up & carry, sometimes used upside down to hold a spool of wire, & occasionally as a crate. One suffered a broken leg in a fall but eventually had the piece replaced.

A year or two ago I was given some plywood scraps & made four more, thinking I might sell them, but they have been put to use as well. If you make some, the sequence is to cut the pieces square, taper the legs, leaving an inch or two straight at the bottom, cut the notches in the tapered legs, fit the sides with the short point even with the top of the legs, & belt sand flat after. Round the edges of the top before fastening to avoid hitting the fasteners. Thin nails are better than screws to not split the plywood- gun nails or staples would be fine. Both the new & old ones have had multiple coats of linseed oil, especially soaking the end grain of the feet.

I wrote my name and the date inside of one, & that is how I remember the year that I started my business.

Cheers, Jay

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my dad made one very similar way back when i was a kid.when i got older and started working on my house i copied his. here's mine very similar to yours.11"D x 22"L x22"H.this one is made from 1×12 pine. i made mine about 30 years ago.
 

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my dad made one very similar way back when i was a kid.when i got older and started working on my house i copied his. here s mine very similar to yours.11"D x 22"L x22"H.this one is made from 1×12 pine. i made mine about 30 years ago.


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They're practically twins! Anybody else?
 

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yeah im curious how many other people have these,we cant be the only ones.
 

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had a couple of these in my truck back in the day, had a shelf under for the misc. every thing items, handle hole was perfect fit to flip my sander upside down on its handle so i could clean up a cut or something, and perfect height for window /door trimming, i'm 6'-2'' or was, and its height was based on me being able to reach at 8 ft comfortably for cove. awesome jobsite tools for sure
thanks for the memrories
rj in az
 

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Great design that has obviously stood the test of time. I can see a new thread with everyone's version of job stools! I'm marking this for future reference
 

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nice.

"sometimes used upside down to hold a spool of wire, & occasionally as a crate"
What about cutting the feet in such a way that they provide handles?

 

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Here's mine. When you mentioned the broken leg, I was expecting it to be yours! Seriously, this is a young man's tool. Anyone over three score and ten should have a hand hold before mounting.
 

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Neat little job site step / bench. I like the idea that it has multiple uses. I have a metal gorilla that I keep in the truck. But these look better. Short scaffolding if you have a pair.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Neat little job site step / bench. I like the idea that it has multiple uses. I have a metal gorilla that I keep in the truck. But these look better. Short scaffolding if you have a pair.

Thanks for sharing.

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Yeah, I have those folding guys as well- very handy & compact, but if I could have only one ladder it would be the 4' double sided stepladder- I have three. The stools do get used with a plank, for crown moulding, etc., & also on scaffolding for gable end siding and such, although the safety factor is not great.
 

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Safety, I have done some sketchy stuff at times. Standing on buckets, on walk planks fir that last foot of reach. Of course I was younger then.
 

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Yes, we have some similar "step boxes." I would advise against making them alternate as totes or storage boxes. They'll get filled with stuff and be unavailable as temporary steps.
 
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