Small Boat Shop Step Stool Project

I saw a step stool in the John Gardner Boat Shop at Mystic Seaport and wanted to make one for our shop. It will be helpful to reach some top shelf items, pegboard over the sink and in a pinch could double as a moaning chair.

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I contacted the Museum and one of their staff was kind enough to take measurements from their stool and send them to me.

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Ran up to Lowes and picked up a piece of 1"x12"x8' Select Pine. Looks like I have some other pending projects waiting patiently in the back of the Edge....

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Drew the line for the 17 inch wide top first.

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Cut the top with a circular saw. This project is small enough that you could use a set of cordless tools.

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Traced lines for the legs.

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Traced lines for the sides.
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Traced lines for the center support and used sides to help draw the correct angle. The plan measurements are a bit off for the center support top width.

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I measured the picture of the stool to get a general idea of how wide and tall the arch is on the legs.

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The hand hold on top is just over 4 1/2 inches in diameter. I used the cap from a 5 inch inspection port to get the approximate size.

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I grabbed my level to draw the hand hold cross bar, but I ended up trimming it later as it was too wide. What I used the second time was a scrap piece of the 1x lumber, that gave me the width to match the center support below.

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I used the cap from a 6 inch port to get the approximate arch for the legs.

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Drilled a 1/4 inch starter gole for the jigsaw blade.

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Cut out the top handhold and also cut out a section of the center support with a jigsaw.

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Cut out the leg arch with a jigsaw and then used leg 1 as a pattern for leg 2.

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Dry fitting the pieces to see if the support angles and widths match up. I did not cut any bevels on the legs or supports as the angle formed between the legs and top is negligible.

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Drilled pilot holes and counterbore for the screws and then assembled the base.

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Used a router bit to round over the edges of the stool. The piece feels better this way, and you get rid of sharp edges that can gouge.

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I centered up the top and traced around the base. Then I set the base upright, flipped the top and used a tape measure to make sure top was centered up again. That way I had a idea of where the edges of the base were when I drilled pilot holes for the screws.

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Finished up the assembly with #8 1 1/2 inch brass screws. Here are the tools and materials that I used.

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Assembly finished, waiting for paint.

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I need the stool so I can reach the keel of the Penobscot 14 with a plane and bevel the keel.

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The stool could also be used to carry a few tools to the job site.

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First coat of Interlux Brightside Fire Red.

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Did some operational testing and found out the end arch is just big enough for a toe hold, handy to reposition the stool.

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Put the stool back into the shop, rounded the corners and put on the second coat of Interlux Fire Red.

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The project took about 2 hours, not including the trip to Lowes.

Paint splatters next? Nope, we'll let it develop its own patina :)

Fair Winds,
Kent

26 Dec 16 Update:

It has been fun to look at other boat shop sites and look for their benches and step stools. One funny time lapse video you could see the stool wandering all over the place like a little dog. Our little guy has helped on several projects and has a nice patina going now. I guess we could call it "Waldo" because we have fun finding out where it is at :)





to be continued...

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