52 Designs: Z Step Stool

Step Stool Design - The Z

Continuing on the same theme – here’s a quick sketch of a small step stool made from 4 chunks of wood.  The initial idea was to make it as simple as possible: a base, a support and two steps.

At the bottom you can see a curved piece to ease the transition from the base to the support.  I’m playing with the idea of easing each of the transitions – really “rounding over” the whole thing to make it very fluid.

The support is 45 degrees to the steps.  The size is maybe 12″ high x 12″ wide x 6″ deep steps (12″ deep total).  A nice cube.

4 Responses to “52 Designs: Z Step Stool”
  1. Chris Wong says:

    Hi Scott,

    While rounding over the points would make the design seem more fluid, it would also make it resemble a bent lamination which I don’t think is the look you are after. I do like the shape the way it is now. Very sleek and modern.

  2. Ty says:

    This looks like a very unsafe design unless made from one piece of very sturdy material. The design lacks structural support and could not be built as is and still be functional.

  3. Morton says:

    Thanks for the comment – and yes, it does look quite unsafe ;) However, there are ways to construct it that will hold up just fine – but it’d be important to test and be precise.

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