|Some of the wood that came out of my neighbor's old kitchen|
|The not-quite-final design|
|Steps are at 9" and 18" heights|
|Back edge is angled for stability (wider at bottom)|
|Front edge has matching angle for looks|
|The steps are 15" long - plenty of room for two feet|
|The lower step is just under 7" deep ...|
|... while the upper step is just under 6" deep|
|The cut-out in the sides that creates the feet is 10" wide, 3 1/2" high|
|That leaves 4 3/4" of wood connecting the back of the stool to the front of the stool|
|Cross-rail half-dovetailed into the sides - also glued to the underside of the step|
|Cross-rail in the back, fully dovetailed into the sides|
|And here's the final piece|
I did learn a couple things. First, I'll adjust the final design so that the two steps are the same depth. The second thing has to do with the construction. When I fitted the cross rails, I took the baseline directly from the partially-assembled stool (the dovetailed steps were already in place). Thinking back on it, I should have put my two steps and three rails together and marked them for their baselines at one time. As it was, the rail baselines were a bit wider than the step dovetail baselines.
Lastly, these dovetails came out as good as any I've ever done. I was very careful to check that I sawed the tails perpendicular to the board's surface, and adjusted with a chisel when I didn't. This gave me a better "template" to transfer the outline of the tails to the pin board. They fit fairly well off the saw, with only a bit of adjusting needed. Let's see if I can do as well in oak!
The step stool is rock solid! Next post I should have the "real" one finished.