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Narrow transformable spiral step stool from scrap wood

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this was created for a specific purpose. I needed a narrow step stool for our bathroom. It also had to be three year old proof.

 
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Step 1: Making the legs

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I wanted this to be simple but with a twist. making the legs round seemed to be both. There are 9 that are 1 1/2" diameter by 6 1/2", 14 1/2", & 22 1/2". 3 of each. all of these were done with 2X4 ripped in half. I used scrap stuff but one stud new would make all of them plus the tiered leg. If you don't have 1X4, glue two 2X4's.

Step 2: The tiered leg

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this will be the hinge for the smaller steps
I start by gluing a 2 X4 and two 3/4"X4" together
The bottom leg is 6 1/2" tall and 3" diameter
the middle leg is 8" and 2 1/4" diameter
the top leg is 8" tall and1 1/2" diameter
The lathe handles this pretty good but it is a slow and tedious job taking off all of this wood.


Step 3: Cutting up the three steps and the bottom of the stool

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I just used some scrap 3/4" plywood. If I had known how cool this was going to turn out I probably would have used cabinet grade. oh well
First piece final measurement is 12"X23"

second step final measurement is 9 1/2"X20 1/2"

Third step final measurement is 7X17 3/4"

And the bottom board is 12X23"

I learned the hard way to get my measurements from the top step down. If you go from bottom up like I did, there may be multiple cuts to make everything fit. When I connected the legs to the tread I used 2" coarse screws and pre drilled with an 1/8" pilot bit

Step 4: Fitting the legs and steps together

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Once I put the steps in, I realized there was a need to trim the corners to allow a smooth transition.

Step 5: Cutting out the corners and bottom plate

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This step is just to reiterate the trimming for the two moveable steps. I also had to make the bottom puzzle piece easy to fit and slide. It did take a little rounding on each outside corner. I didn't take any pics but once everything fit and moved well, I disassembled and sanded with 220 grit paper

fastbit4 months ago

great work

dalegribble (author)  fastbit4 months ago

Thanks

ChrysN4 months ago

Great looking step stool!

dalegribble (author)  ChrysN4 months ago

Thanks

rickysp84 months ago

wow!!!! that"s all that and a bag of chips. Great job

lime3D4 months ago
Nice job
mcraghead4 months ago

Very cool, great work!

Muniosi3 months ago

That's really cool! I really need to get into this kind of thing.

bethmwl3 months ago

That is very clever and looks nice. I instantly thought dog step for our bed.

This is so clever and it looks great!

Thanks