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i have seen this type of design stool before but with two steps or with a hinge. Instead of a hinge I used a dowel into a mortise.

i am just curious how you would have attached the dowels. they are also glued on. i tend to over do stuff by glue and screwing

Very nice step stool and I love the folding step, a great space saver. Ordinarily I might be a bit skeptical about the screws in the end grain of hinge dowels, but I can see that this is not an issue in this case as the step is fully supported with it’s own feet. Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway