Loose stool?

I don’t think it means what you think it means…

Right, we’re on the home stretch here on our Shaker-style stepstool.  One of the defining characteristics of a lot of Shaker casework was the half-circle cutout in the carcase sides.  It makes look lighter along the bottom, and makes it a little more visually interesting.


Then it’s on to the boring part.  Since we’re assembling with screws, there’s a great many pilot holes to be drilled and countersunk.


You don’t have to clock your screw slots when you’re tightening everything down.  Unless you’re borderline OCD.  Then you definitely have to.  Torque the screws tight (you might find it better to clamp the pieces while you’re working with the screws) and make sure they close up any gaps.  Also, just like when tightening lug nuts, snug them up and then torque in a staggered manner (left, right, center, left, right, center) rather than in sequence.  This will keep everything aligned and evenly torqued.  If you don’t get them seated correctly, the stool will be loose, and any attempt to use it will leave you flushed from the exertion.


Finally, I put a couple of coats of paint on and called it good.  In a nod to safety, I used a little safety-walk tape to keep the treads non-skid.  It’s probably not strictly necessary, but I think it’s prudent.


So there you go!  Our Shaker stool is ready for service, and I can once again use the top shelf with impunity.  Bwahahahaha!