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Frequent Fine Woodworking contributor and Philadelphia Furniture Workshop instructor Mario Rodriguez crafted this footstool from mahogany. It features tapered legs, mortise and tenon joinery, and simple lines developed first by full-scale drawings. The top was chamfered before sanding and finishing.
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Dimensions: 10 in. deep by 14 in. wide by 9 in. tall.
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I am recuperating from major surgery and am unable to lift heavy materials, hence these stools are excellent projects for me. I find that they develop my hand tool skills and give me a good level of satisfaction. Currently I am producing them for a local charity shop and will continue to do so until fully fit
I built this for my grandson, who was barely two at the time, and he loved it.
He uses it every night to stand and brush his teeth at the bathroom sink. He drags it around the house to any area where he needs to get up higher.
I didn't really know if a child that age would think this was a something useful, but he took to it immediately, and recognized right away that this was HIS.
Now he has a little sister, so I guess I'll be starting another one soon. When I do I need to make two, as the step stool we have is not nearly as nice.
Mine is of quartersawn white oak, with bubinga wedges in the tennons.
The proportions are very even, and the lines flow beautifully.
S_Woods, that's great to hear. You should post a picture or two of the ones you made here in the gallery. Thanks, Gina, FineWoodworking.com
I first made one of these for my son on his first birthday, and it was such a hit that I've now made 8 in all for my kids and their cousins, given on their first birthday. It's a fun but challenging project, and these footstools are really useful for the kids and adults.
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