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    Making a Step Stool

    I just completed a tutorial on making a step stool. While this might seem elementary, when the legs splay out (as they should) the project gets a bit complex calculating the angles to cut, and actually cutting them, so everything fits together well.

    Your comments and suggestions will be appreciated.

    Mike
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    I'd hate to step on such a gorgeous step stool. Thanks for the tutorial Mike.
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    What Mohammad Said.

    Not sure I'd make that nice of a step stool, but I do have some other applications for the calculations.

    Great job!
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    Those four legs and stretchers look like they came right out of the tree trunk. Seamless! That is a fabulous piece of furniture!!

    Maybe you could sell your tutorial to Cynthia!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Maybe you could sell your tutorial to Cynthia!!
    I read her posting and though about mentioning this project to her. But with the calculations required, and the number of tools necessary to do the project, I felt it would not fit as an "easy" project. For an experienced woodworker it would not be hard, but for a beginner there might be a number of places where frustrating mistakes could be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    What Mohammad Said.

    Not sure I'd make that nice of a step stool, but I do have some other applications for the calculations.

    Great job!
    If you need a spreadsheet with the calculations, send me your e-mail address.

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    That's great Mike! I like the way you were able to make the legs like like it all came from one piece of wood.

    Question on your finish. I see you using the bullseye shellac with waterborne. Have you ever had any adhesion problems or crazing of the finish with it?
    I have been told by both Target and GF that there have been issues using that as opposed to mixing dewaxed from flake. Something about Zinser fiddling with the alkalinity causing the two products to not play nicely with each other.

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    Much too nice for anyone to put their feet on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Soby View Post
    That's great Mike! I like the way you were able to make the legs like like it all came from one piece of wood.

    Question on your finish. I see you using the bullseye shellac with waterborne. Have you ever had any adhesion problems or crazing of the finish with it?
    I have been told by both Target and GF that there have been issues using that as opposed to mixing dewaxed from flake. Something about Zinser fiddling with the alkalinity causing the two products to not play nicely with each other.
    No, never had any problem with using Zinser dewaxed shellac. I use Target water borne lacquer and it's always worked well for me. Of course, I let the shellac cure well before applying the lacquer.

    I've never even heard of any problems with using dewaxed shellac. Does Target have anything on their web site about it? If they consider it a serious problem I would assume they would post something about it.

    Mike

    [added comment: the reason I use shellac is to get the orange color. Water borne lacquer is just too clear - or white. The wood doesn't look right with just that on it.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Henderson View Post
    If you need a spreadsheet with the calculations, send me your e-mail address.

    Mike
    PM Sent. I'd love to have that spreadsheet! Thanks!
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