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Designing and Building an Oak and Marine Plywood three step stool 224 5 16

July 28, 2019



good morning if you want to see how we designed and built this little three step stool come on in that's what we're gonna do today good morning welcome to Memphis Monday Memphis Monday to 24 the 16th video of our fifth year today we're going to be building a three step stool it'll be a shop improvement program basically so that I can get up on that stool – to get to the wood and my woodpile get up and get on the top shelves of my cabinets you know get up in the overhead to service things it's a lot more convenient to have a stool than try to use a ladder because there's an actual platform to stand on but anyway we're not going to get any of that done unless we do what that's right let's knock off that chitchat and get to work this is where I'm going to store it this area right here is about 23 23 inches off the deck so I'm going to make the stool about 22 inches so it'll slide under there when I'm not using it this is kind of what I've been using but the problem with this is you can see this isn't wide enough steps aren't wide enough you know it's if you're you know 15 years old this is probably big good deal but here's a little sketch of what I envision these these would be oak treads with a little handle up there round over at the ends the the sides there will be 20 that is 21 inches high and then with the tread that will make it about 22 inches high but after you after you draw the first visualization there you need to put some dimensions so you got to turn this into the real world so here's a little dimensional drawing that shows the tread seven half inches wide the 18 inches long from your dimensional drawing convert that into a cut list which you just basically list the wood the stock you want to cut out and dimensions of it I like to draw a little sketch of it and for example the sides the stock for the sides is two sheets of 3/4 inch marine plywood cut 25 25 inches wide and 21 inches tall so to get us going I already cut this our stock out there are those stretchers right there six of them there's our treads top ones the top thread and other two of the smaller treads and there's our sides down there here's our sides that will our treads will sit on treads will go just like that you can see that's how the treads are going to go on there so if you look down here close at our cutout I mean our stock links to these lines those those need to be cut out we'll do that with a jigsaw or the bandsaw we've used this trick before on other projects we even used it on glue-up projects but i'm going to cut this you know I've got two sides to this thing and I'm gonna cut them at the same time because they're mirror images of one another but I don't want them to slide around and move so I'm going to stick them together with Brad's not too many or you have trouble getting the thing apart I normally use my battery-operated jigsaw but today just for the fun of it I want to use the corded version what we have to do now is round over all these exposed edges on the bottom back and here between the steps that's about all I'm going to do on the sides let's move on to the stretchers here's a stock for the stretchers kind of go between the steps hold up the treads and hold the whole thing together I'm going to put it together with dowels the only processes I'm going to do on these are round down all four edges I'll do that now don't know what I'm going to do what I'm going to do is I'm going to keep my set up here same as it was for these sides so that all the parts will have the same radius my plan right now is to put the whole thing together with dowels yep a little little glue on them that pretty tight I'll go ahead and trim these dowels off and we can start worrying about the treads all my steps here the sides angled back between steps but of course my steps have a 90 degree angle here so I need to duplicate this angle on the steps I don't know exactly what that angle is but I'm just going to copy that angle like that and then duplicate it on my table saw so what I've done here is just taking that angle we struck over there on the piece and tilted my table saw until it matches that angle so let's go ahead and cut those treads I can see that angle matches up with the angle of the side there now we need to put what's called a bull nose edge on the front of these treads you can buy these treads at big-box store already made I think they're a little thicker and they're usually they come in standard lengths of 36 inches so you can cut them in half if you're making a stool well there's our treads mocked up in place now what we got to do is put a handle on that top tread let me show you what I'm talking about traditionally these these stools have a little oblong cutout for a handle right up in the top on the top step and we're not going to break with tradition now there are certainly other ways to cut this little handle out this is the best way using the drill press that take–we on this drill press when you're using these abortion of bits is make sure that everything is is solidly held down and clamped down because what can happen this thing generates a lot of torque and if it if it snags up it can spin everything around here we go so now all I do is connect the radius of these two circles or the pencil line then I'll cut the remainder the remainder out here with the jigsaw now I'll go around the my cutout using the same router setup that we've been using for everything else just like the stretchers I'm installing each of the treads were the total of eight dowels this the whole thing here will be held together with a total of 48 dowels I think this thing might rate that 10 famous ten thousand year guarantee well almost drumroll time just do a little sanding and we can put some finish on this thing go ahead and stainless thing I don't know this is several colors it says colonial maple but really it's a colonial maple plus some other things mixed together over time I I take Stan mix it together for one reason or another and then what happens is I forget that I mixed it I don't know what the business side of this is going to look like but the underside is really looking good tell you what I'll I'll put you on the time machine until I flip it over and start doing the treads I've got the underside dad done and I'm doing the treads I know that's going to turn out so good I think I to use better wood on these sides well there's our little stool for a Memphis Monday to 20 for the 16th week of our fifth year it's a three step stool pretty satisfied with it I think it'll be a pretty good shop improvement Wow that doesn't for another Memphis money Memphis money to twenty four sixteenth week in our fifth year today we're able to go through the entire process from deciding the need and the purpose and sketching out kind of what we wanted then make another sketch with actual measurements and then doing a cut list and cutting our stock and you know we went through the whole process right down to finishing so I think that's the small project like that that's one of the advantages like in favorite and comment and questions and whatever else you got but most important make sure you're back here next week for another exciting Memphis Monday thanks for playing along

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