Bedside Step Stool


After getting a new, thicker mattress for our bed it became necessary to have a step stool to assist getting into bed due to the extra height from the floor.


Wood Selection and Milling

The wood for this stool was maple left over from some previous projects. I had a 1 1/4 inch thick piece that could be the tops of a couple of stools.

I also had an 8/4 slab that would be the legs.


The slabs were jointed and surface planed.

The top was chamfered at the router table...this will keep the sides from spelching during planing.

The piece that was selected for the top had some winding to it.

It was worked with a jointing plane, a jack plane and a smoother.

The figured maple was really prone to tear out with the different planes. I struggled, no matter which direction I planed.

I finally had some succes with a #4 plane.


This was the LN #4 bronze with the high frog.This frog is bedded to create a 55 degree (Middle pitch) cutting angle. This gave me a much better smoothing cut.


High angle frog...
Then the top was worked with a cabinet scraper.

Then sanded with 150mm through grit cycles of 80x, 100x, 220x, to 400x.



The height of the legs was determined by the total height of the stool...designed to be 8 inches.

We set this height based on a travel step stool. This stool is a great height but it is too large at the top and has a huge foot print.

The legs were laid out and a circle was drawn for the arch cut outs.

Cuts for the legs were made with the track saw.

The arches were cut with a jig saw...
...and then smoothed out with a rasp.
Dry fit...the proportions do not appear great...but the height and the foot print were set for a particular purpose...not to have great proportions.

There will be a horizontal stretcher that will serve to keep the legs a set distance apart and will allow for a surface for screws to connect the top.

Hidden dovetails will be used for a stout joint.

The socket for the dovetail is cut on the angle with BA small tenon saw.
The back corners were put in by beating on the Bahco.
Chisel work was done at the bench...
...both banging and paring.
Then the leg went to the Moxon vise for paring the bottom of the socket...brought out the Nishiki Kinara.
Finished socket...
The stretcher is glued, screwed and clamped to the legs.

Finish Application

The finish is pure tung oil, rubbed on...
Tung oil on lower section...
Top attached...screws through the stretcher into the underside of the top...
Ready for use at the bedside...




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