On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 07:38:55 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I made one much like this one that fit under the base counter. My wife of
the time took it as part of a divorce. Not because of any sentimental
reason. She truely used it to reach the upper shelves. It was stable and
the step folded up for storage.
To me, it looks just fine for stability. I have several similar, tall
2-step stools (made with scrap lumber, not nice pieces of furniture) I
use in the shop.
Consider what you would be using the stool for.
In my case, a stool as that is not for assisting in handling large
pieces of lumber or other heavy objects from above. It's for reaching
small items, which can be handled comfortably. Trying to handle
larger, heavy objects, to me, might be a more cautious effort on that
2-step stool.... or just about any small stool/ladder/5 gallon bucket
with an awkward or not-so-normal step. Common sense would dictate
what is safe or best.
The steps' rise does seem to be a bit tall, though. I can see it
being used in a pantry setting. I would prefer the 3 stepper for a
library setting. Asthetically, it doesn't look as desirable as the 3
stepper for an in-home setting. I would not make a fairly nice stool,
as that, for use in the shop.
For in-home use, I vote for the 3 stepper. For a 2 stepper, I would
a) reduce the rise of the steps or b) expand the base (my least likely
As with anything in life you need to be smart about how you conduct
yourself. It seems the tipping danger would be in the forward
direction when on the top step. It also seems that usually you would
have the stool up close to a wall or lower cabinet door and that would
really minimize any problem. It would likely have to tip over quite a
bit before the bottom could slide out and a nearby wall would stop
that in the extreme case where you would tip forward. So just like any
ladder, generally stable if used correctly but standing on the top
step and juggling with one hand while bent over backward as far as
possible might be dangerous.
Absolutely! "Smart" being the operative word.
The top step of just about any stool, or ladder, is simply not smart to
step on .. then again 50% of the population, by definition, needs to be
constantly reminded of that. :)
I built one a couple of years ago. Once on the top step you need to be
cautious of not letting the center of your weight extend past the back side
of the top step. If you do, it will tip.
While this seems unlikely, if you use it to reach up high inside a cabinet
the center point of your weight will certainly go past the back of the top
To help prevent tip you can have the bottom back of the legs extend past the
back edge of the top step 2-3 inches.
I guess I wonder if there might be some expansion on your "higher safety
standards" comment. Aside from the thinner stock on the 2-step model, what
would make it less safe than the 3-step version? In fact, looking at the
narrow top step on the 3-stepper and seeing how it is set so far behind the
centerline, I might suspect it would rotate under a person's weight unless
the unit was positioned square up to a supporting wall.
...keeping in mind I'm a total novice at wood design...okay?
On Sat, 19 Dec 2009 18:42:04 GMT, email@example.com wrote:
A step stool should have rubber feet and the feet should extend beyond
the top to prevent tipping front-to-back and side-to-side. Either
stool might easily tip if not against a wall. From what I
understand, the 2-step model is a hardwood and the three-step is pine,
so thinner hardwood might have the same strength as the pine.
I totally agree: it looks horribly tippy. Look at his hand on the
step. The step is a small multiple of the width of his hand. That
would definitely mean that it would be easy to move your center of
gravity enough to one side or the other (or forward!) to cause it to
dump you on your head.
I had the same nervous reaction you did when I saw it.
I can verify this design is solid. It shows no signs of
stability problems. I built one of these earlier this year and
it has gotten lot's of use. While I did't follow the plans
*exactly*, the overall dimensions are the same.
Made a SU model when it came out in preparation for doing one myself.
Not an exact copy either, but, like yours, the dimensions are the same
if anyone wants a Sketchup file as a go by:
Let me know if the link doesn't work. Thanks ...
Looking at it for the first time in awhile, you might want to consider
making that first step 10 1/2" instead of 10" so that your muscle memory
doesn't kick in (or your building inspector doesn't red tag your
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