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Two step stool - PEP BB dimensional.sand.stool

BB dimensional lumber woodworking - sand badge
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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Dimensional Lumber Woodworking.

Sometimes things are up high and they're hard to reach.  You don't want to drag the ladder out of the garage though.  Let's build a two step stool that we can keep closer to where it's needed!

Here are some nice examples to get your creative juices flowing:



And here's a video of one going together:


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- at least a 14" by 14" footprint (for stability)
- two steps (of course)
- no treated wood
- no paint unless you made it yourself

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - photo of the wood you're starting with
 - photo of the construction partially underway
 - photo of the finished stool showing how it meets the size requirements
 - or two minute video of the above items
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This is the wood that I started with.



This is a progress picture about halfway through my build of a two-step stool.



This is my finished two-step stool that I built. I placed measuring tapes on two sides of my stool.



The first measuring tape reads about 16 inches.



The second measuring tape reads about 17.5 inches.



I think that my two-step stool meets the requirement of being at least 14 inches squared.
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Made a step stool! Salvaged some wood (used for targets) from an indoor axe throwing establishment. A lot of it is unusable for building but I was able to find some decent cuts. Untreated wood.
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Scrap wood
Scrap wood
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Cut wood
Cut wood
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Nailing the top step
Nailing the top step
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Finished stepstool
Finished stepstool
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From the side
From the side
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Measurement left to right
Measurement left to right
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Measurement front to back
Measurement front to back
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Here is my attempt at a 2 step stool. It's made with a spare piece of deck board (untreated) and an off cut. It's just held together with screws. It measures about 15" by 18".
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The wood I started with.
The wood I started with.
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All the pieces cut.
All the pieces cut.
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All put together.
All put together.
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Front measurement.
Front measurement.
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Side measurement.
Side measurement.
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Here is my submission for the Dimensional Lumber - Sand - Build a Two-Step Stool BB.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements:
- at least a 14" by 14" footprint (for stability) - my stool is 19"x14.25"
- two steps (of course)
- no treated wood
- no paint unless you made it yourself

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - photo of the wood you're starting with
 - photo of the construction partially underway
 - photo of the finished stool
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2x4 and 1x4 for stool
2x4 and 1x4 for stool
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cutting decorative notch on band saw
cutting decorative notch on band saw
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screwing frame together
screwing frame together
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placing the step boards
placing the step boards
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My 2-Step Stool Finished
My 2-Step Stool Finished
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Needed a stool to get up to my new clothline so I grabbed two 2x6s I got for free from someone's deck removal and some leftover 2.5" wood screws.  It's 14" deep x 16" wide.  I made the cuts down to length with an old circular saw.
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Screws in the base
Screws in the base
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Lining both sides up
Lining both sides up
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First level done... level extended under future step to provide more stability
First level done... level extended under future step to provide more stability
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16" wide
16" wide
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All done with the tools and leftover wood
All done with the tools and leftover wood
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I made a stool!

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I was about to start work on this project when I realised I may have made a mistake. I bought a nice piece of red oak for the step part, thinking it’s hardwearing and will last. I just took the starting photo and noticed it’s made from more than once piece. Does this disqualify any future submission if I use it?

Thanks
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Good question Edward!  That's a hard one to notice, but yes, there's glue in there so I think it would be an issue.  Good eye!  
 
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Thanks Mike - wish I had noticed it before I bought it. At least I noticed it before I built it and then failed the badge. I’m sure I’ll find some use for it elsewhere. I might just build a stool with it anyway, there are plenty of other projects to choose from.
 
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If you haven't cut it up you could always return it...
 
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I had a bunch of pine cut offs lying around my shop for ages. They needed to be used and this was the perfect project for them since they're mostly the same dimension and all about 16.5 inches long.

I also need a stool to reach the ceiling of the shop for tying up some long things to the roof rafters. Three birds, one stone.

The design is almost good. Unfortunately at this height the center of gravity of the stool is quite high and when free standing in the middle of the floor it is liable to tip backward. It fulfills the requirements as is, but before I use it anywhere but against a wall I will attach a board extending backwards from the base to prevent it from being able to tip in that direction.

It was fairly sturdy with just the pine cut offs, but I didn't like the tiny bit of racking I felt, so I put in a diagonal stretcher to eliminate racking entirely.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- at least a 14" by 14" footprint (for stability)
- two steps (of course)
- no treated wood
- no paint unless you made it yourself

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
- photo of the wood you're starting with
- photo of the construction partially underway
- photo of the finished stool
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Starting wood
Starting wood
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Joined with screws, 3-4 in each joint
Joined with screws, 3-4 in each joint
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Finished (except for an extended base to prevent tipping backward due to high center of gravity)
Finished (except for an extended base to prevent tipping backward due to high center of gravity)
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About 16.5 inches
About 16.5 inches
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By 16.5 inches
By 16.5 inches
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Follow up post.

I used another one of the same pine boards on the back to extend the base out from the line of the back side of the top step. This 2 inches was enough to remove the tipping almost completely. Now I'd have to intentionally rock the stool for it to fall back. Easy solution and didn't increase the storage footprint by much.
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New board added to the back
New board added to the back
 
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I had my 11yo daughter assist with the build!

We used some 2x4's for the frame and cedar fencing for the platforms.  There are supports under the top platform.
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Starter Wood!
Starter Wood!
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Partially Cut
Partially Cut
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Starting to put together.
Starting to put together.
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Going up.
Going up.
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Top platform
Top platform
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Standing test
Standing test
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Completed!
Completed!
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Two step stool:
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Step boards and plan
Step boards and plan
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Stringers to cut
Stringers to cut
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Dry fit
Dry fit
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24" wide, string 19.25"
24" wide, string 19.25"
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18" front to back
18" front to back
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Here is my 14 inch long by 14 1/2 inch wide two step stool made from upcycled wood.
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Did not use all this wood. Thought I would need more, but I over-estimated.
Did not use all this wood. Thought I would need more, but I over-estimated.
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Construction underway
Construction underway
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Done
Done
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A little function test
A little function test
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Measurement #1
Measurement #1
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Measurement #2
Measurement #2
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I'm coming up with ways to use the pallet off-cuts from my siding project. I thought a stool would be a great project, since my kids keep stealing my kitchen stool to use at the bathroom sink. So I began with a few pallet planks, cut them to size, staged the 2 levels, assembled the whole stool in about an hour, then sanded the heck out of it for the sake of the bare little toes that will use it every day. Finally, I used linseed oil to finish it. I think it turned out pretty well for old, warped wood.
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Starting with pallet wood
Starting with pallet wood
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pre-drilling planks for screws
pre-drilling planks for screws
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assembled profile
assembled profile
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linseed oil
linseed oil
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sanded and oiled
sanded and oiled
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The boot’s said that they could use a decent step for the library at Wheaton labs. So I made this 14” tall with two steps with 7” rise each.  It’s 16” wide by 21” deep.
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Some scrap wood that I’m using
Some scrap wood that I’m using
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Pre-drilling to prevent splits
Pre-drilling to prevent splits
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Both steps made
Both steps made
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Completed- 16 wide by 20 long
Completed- 16 wide by 20 long
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Here's my BB submission. Just built it today. First BB ever!
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Note: Way to go, Geoffrey! Keep following all the minimum requirements, and your BB journey will be fun!

 
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