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Kitchen Step Stool

comments (6) July 1st, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

carmyk carmyk, member
thumbs up 35 users recommend

The green cork floor goes well with cherry.
The braces under the steps are essential to keep the whole thing square.
Here it is against the lower cabinets.
The green cork floor goes well with cherry. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The green cork floor goes well with cherry.

This kitchen step stool is a gift for my very patient wife who waited for two years while I built a traditional cherry kitchen for our house. (I have a day job.) The ceilings are nine feet, so the top shelves are out of reach for her.



Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, cherry, accessory, kitchen, step-stool, french curves

Comments (6)

carmyk carmyk writes: Thanks.

I glued the braces in at the same time as everything else. I used 1 hour epoxy, so there was plenty of time to clamp and adjust things and get everything square.

Sorry to be so long in reply. We really do need an alert feature on this site.
Posted: 4:50 pm on October 12th

Hazken Hazken writes: I think your design is great. I especially liked the fact that the two side panels can be cut from the same piece by spooning them front to front. I do have a question, did you glue the supports in at the assembly of the stool or did you manage to slip them in after the stool had set? Since there is no dado or dowels, this could be tricky either way. I am doing the final sanding and then it's glue time. Nice job.
Posted: 3:51 pm on August 8th

carmyk carmyk writes: OK, this site needs an alert feature to inform me when people comment. I suppose it will be several months, if ever, before any of you notice this reply.

Thanks for your interest!

The ceilings are nine feet but the top of the upper cabinets is about eight feet. Still high by normal standards, but not ridiculous.

I drew the shape freehand on the wood, so there is no pattern. The overall width is 19 inches, to fit the space where it is stored in my kitchen. Overall height is 30 inches and the top of the steps are 7 and 14 inches. The steps are in dadoes, and the braces underneath are just glued in place. The dadoes are not as deep as they appear from the front - I left an overhang to hide the glue lines.

The back sits flat against the wall and the handle needs to be forward, so that you can get your fingers around it, and for balance when it is carried. The bottoms of the feet are angled just slightly to bring the weight bearing part forward. This is for stability when you are standing on the stool, as your weight is to the front of the steps.

That's about it.

Posted: 12:25 pm on June 4th

Carley2 Carley2 writes: So you by any chance have a pattern ??

Posted: 11:48 am on February 5th

Aricept Aricept writes: would you provide us with dimensions that you chose to use ?
Posted: 9:32 pm on December 1st

Rohcna Rohcna writes: Out of reach for her? I am 6 ft tall and they would be out of reach for me too! How tall are you anyway?

I like the design though.. very elegant look for a simple item. Congratulations on the cherry kitchen.. I am hoping to make mine out of maple..... someday.
Posted: 7:12 pm on July 5th

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