How to build a step stool

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a step stool. If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we highly recommend you to pay attention to the instructions as well as to the diagrams that are featured in this article. Choose an appropriate design for your tastes and don’t forget to check out the rest of the projects that are featured on our website.

There are several aspects that you should take into account before starting the actual construction of the step stool, so make sure you pay attention to the tips. Invest in high quality lumber, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as they have a great durability and not only a nice finish. Always align the components at both ends before drilling pilot holes and inserting the galvanized screws.

 

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Building a step stool

Builing a step stool

Builing a step stool

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 1×12 lumber – 15 1/2″ long SIDES
  • B – 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 12″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 15″ long STEPS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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How to build a step stool

Building the sides of the stool

Building the sides of the stool

 

The first step of the home project is to build the sides of the step stool. Therefore, we recommend you to cut two 15 1/2″ long pieces of 1×12 lumber and to mark the cut lines on them with a pencil. Use a circular saw to make the cuts and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Make the curved cuts by using a jigsaw.

 

Installing the supports

Installing the supports

 

The next step is to fit the 1×2 supports between the sides of the wooden stool. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the pieces of lumber and lock them to the sides with 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Plumb the sides with a spirit level before inserting the screws, if you want to get the job done in a professional manner.

 

Attaching the slats

Attaching the slats

 

One of the last steps is to attach the steps to the stool frame. Cut the 1×8 slats at the right size and attach them to the supports, making sure they are perfectly center. Drill pocket holes through the supports before inserting the screws, in order to conceal the head of the screws.

 

How to build a step stool

How to build a step stool

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the step stool.

 

 

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