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The Simple Things - Supporting Sustainability

Updated: Jan 17, 2023

Old step stool from simple design held together with nails
Step Stool

This step stool (right) was created using a simple design and durable materials. This stool does not have any fancy joinery or fasteners, however it was constructed using butt joints and nails. Looking at the piece one would not think this would survive the test of time and the years of abuse.

Step stool that is made from a manufacture and sold at a retailer
Step Stool

Today we order a new step stool online or drive to the local retailer to purchase a similar item. However, most individuals only consider the price and quickly discount where the item was made and out of what materials. Even at a price point over $30.00 this step stool (left) is imported and made from a veneer covered medium-density fiberboard, commonly known as MDF.

I can attest that I did indeed purchase this exact stool from a local retailer only to find that after a year or so of use I am contributing to the "disposable" mindset. Keep in mind that the stool I purchased was kept inside in a climate controlled setting with little movement between rooms.

Image showing the date and initials of the crafter
1986 E.P.

While the other step stool that was constructed domestically and built using durable materials has been moved from house to house, state to state and kept in various settings (i.e. garage, bathroom, workshop, etc.). Today my kids and I still use the stool that my grandpa built from 1986.

This is one of the main reasons why I decided to start building my own furniture, fishing pole racks, cutting boards and more. While it may take a little more time and a little more effort, I know the materials I am using are durable and the item will withstand the test of time.


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