Assembly And Finishing

1 Cut the copper tubing to the correct length. Place the step inside the stool and thread the tubing through the holes in the stool and the step, placing washers between the step and stool.

2 Make two softwood plugs to fit into the s/8in (15mm) holes in the stool legs. I used a lathe, but a plug cutter in a drill would do the job equally well. Cut the plugs to the correct length, so that they push up against the tubing at one end and are flush with the surface of the stool leg at the other. Glue into place.

When the glue is dry, finish with clear matt polyurethane varnish, so that they contrast with the blue paint. Swing the step into the stored position.

3 To prevent the step dragging on the ground in the stored position, a small metal bracket is screwed to the underside of the lower stool rail to support it. This is fabricated from two purchased L-shaped metal or plastic brackets. Using superglue, join the two pieces back to back to make a Z shape (see Fig 6.10).

Cut back one flange of the bracket so that it does not protrude beyond the thickness of the rail, drill new holes in it and screw it to the underside of the lower stool rail (see Fig 6.11).

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Section showing position of bracket to hold step in stored position.

FIG 6.11

Section showing position of bracket to hold step in stored position.

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