OK, so my overarching goal in life is to harass my sister. She lives in Woburn with her husband and soon to be 2 year old son. I've been making stuff for my nephew so he can help me with my goal.
So far it has been toys that make lots of noise, wooden pull toy segmented catapillar (great on hardwood floors) and a xylophone.
The step stool seems like a good idea, right? He can use it to boost himself up to wash his hands or help with dinner prep (I'm thinking of sending him a how-to video on knife juggling) and of course, reaching the cookie jar so thoughtlessly pushed way back to the far side of the kitchen counter.
Rooting through my wood pile I really didn't have enough of any single species on hand to make one. Thought briefly about a "crazy legs step stool" with a combination of cherry, walnut and some birch. Nah. Instead I tooled over to the local BORG and picked out a nice wide piece of red oak. They have red oak trim through out the house so why not!
Sharpened up the hand planes and chisels to get this far. Everthing from a single board and only one glued up piece for a step. Won't be as fancy-smancy as some posted here but I know it will keep my sister busy.
Steps and stretchers:
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Left and right sides w/ pins started. You can see how the short sides came off next to the long sides in the length of the board but then I flipped them to move similar grain together for the joint line:
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Close up of pins:
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Normallly I cut dovetails tails first but in deference to Tommy's podcast I'm doing these pins first. So far, so good. Spacing is a little more "organic" than when I layout tails first but that is just practice. But time to rehone the 1/2" chisel after cleaning out the pins on the short sides.