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Thread: Quick and Easy Step Stool, Ideas Please

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    Quick and Easy Step Stool, Ideas Please

    I need to build a quick and easy step stool for the Monster-in-Law for the L shop. She had this ratty old battered box that she used to stand on to reach taller shelves, when we did the renovation, I made sure that old box was on the disposal truck when it left

    Now she is whinging something fierce to get another one, but I would rather build a two step stool, has to be small, sturdy, and quick to build.

    Can anyone point me to a good plan?

    Cheers!
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    This is what I came up with.....


    That is the first try, I soon realized that it was a bit tippy and needed some splay out back, so I modified it a bit......







    It is made out of the lousy lumber core plywood, and the edge strips are Ash, Akagashi (a type of Oak) and Keyaki (Japanese Elm).

    I had some of that high friction tape, so I added it, just to be on the safe side.

    We shall see what she says about it, I'm sure she will complain
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    Looks good and highly functional.

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    Here's mine from 5 years ago.
    It sees almost daily use in the kitchen and is still solid.
    The wood has retained it's colour, so we still get the nice contrast between the Maple and Jatoba.

    Tipping has never been an issue. The fact that it is from 7/8 stock probably helps there, as it adds to the weight. I think mine is also wider than yours.
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    Well she complains it is too heavy I just weighed it, less than five pounds

    Art your stool certainly looks good
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    Looks good to me Stu? Too heavy? I'd think it's a lot safer than an old box...
    Last edited by Brent Dowell; 01-24-2011 at 02:31 PM.

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    Put an inch wide by four inch long slot between the non-skids on the top step for her to use as a carry handle. Maybe that'll make her happier. (Like that's really gonna happen... )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    This is what I came up with.....


    That is the first try,

    ...

    We shall see what she says about it, I'm sure she will complain
    Brilliant first try - right down to every support board. (This one has been in use for almost 10 years without a stability problem). Overall 16 inches wide, each step is about 8 inches high, 6 inches deep.


    You were also great at hiding the "break away" part ... so the legs come off when she gets too crabby. Clever how you added the braces at the back - I bet that is part of the break-away mechanism.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Well she complains it is too heavy I just weighed it, less than five pounds
    Some people would probably rather have this:
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    Or maybe she'd rather have one of those rolling library stools (with the pop-up/down casters so you can just kick it around the floor)
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    Here's Mine

    Here's the one I made for my then 2 year old grandson. It is heavy on purpose so he is less likely to flip it over. You can't see it, but the back is angled out several degrees to add to its stability.
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