Happy New Year to all, and welcome to a fresh new project here at The Bois Shop. This next project is a departure for me in several different ways. You see, coming up in February is Tommy MacDonald's Boston Wood Expo, and the creative category this year challenges the builder to come up with a new interpretation of the classic step stool. The only rules are that it's primarily made out of wood, has 2 or 3 steps, and would fit in a 30" cube. So I though this would be a great opportunity to really do something different and unique. This first episode, as usual, concentrates on my design process. This project is simple enough I didn't need to draw up measured plans, but I did spend quite a bit of design on the key design element - the sides.
I don't expect anyone to follow along this build, but I will say that the only tools required for joinery and finishing are a jig saw, sharp chisels, some good rasps, and a lot of sandpaper. A band saw would also help in the process, but you could easily do without. I'll be very interested to get feedback on the early design, as this definitely took me out of my comfort zone a bit. Enjoy the build!
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