I finally finished the wooden step stool I started about 3 weeks ago. YEAH! It wasn’t even a complicated project, but sometimes other things rise and some projects get pushed back…and pushed back again. Unfortunately, this step stool was the victim of a couple push backs. But, now it is finished, so onward!

The idea for the step stool came about when my wife wanted a stool for our youngest child to use for washing his hands in the bathroom. I know what you’re thinking, ‘Little boys wash their hands after using the bathroom?’. The answer is…sometimes. But when the wife wants a stool, they get a stool.

I found plans for a nice simple stool over at HerToolBelt.com. If you want to see the plans and use them for your own stool, you can go download the plans at her site.

This wooden step stool is very simple to make. It requires a couple cuts, some nails and screws and only ONE 1″x8″x10′ board.


The first step was to measure out and mark all of the cuts. All the cuts were made using the miter saw and the table saw. Even thought the blades should technically cut straight, it’s always good to use a square to make sure your marks are straight.




Once I cut all the length pieces, it was time to cut everything down width wise. This was all done using the table saw.




After all the pieces were cut the length and width, I used the miter saw to cut the front leg angles. The legs are at a 25 degree angle.



And there you go. I had all my pieces cut in about 30 minutes…about 3 minutes of actual cutting though. Sometimes at American Workshop you can get into conversations with other people in the shop and lose all track of time. Oops.


Once the pieces were all cut, it was time to assemble the step stool. I started by using the Kreg Pocket Screw machine to put together the the frames for the steps. If you haven’t use a pocket screw machine, you are missing out. Luckily, you don’t have to miss out too much, because we have one at American Workshop. This machine lets you drill holes into corners so that the screw can be concealed. It’s pretty handy.



Once the screw holes were drilled, I used wood glue and pocket screws to hold the frames together. Then, just for good measure, I put them in some clamps for the night…which turned into a week.



While the frames were in the clamps, I took an orbital sander and sanded the actual steps. As you can see, the wood I used was a little knotty and rough in some parts. A quick sanding helped take the roughness away and gave it a nice subtle shine.


Once the steps were sanded, it was time to attach them to the frames. A simple 16 gauge nailer did the trick and just like that, we have two steps!

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All that was left was to attach the legs to the step stool. Again, using the trusty 16 gauge nailer, the legs were attached. One thing to keep in mind is use a leveler for the bottom step. It’s easy to lose your balance if the bottom step is not level, and we don’t want any accidents now.


I wanted the wooden step stool to be a dark color. So for the finish I used a red mahogany stain, and instead of using a brush, I used a towel and wiped it on. I am really happy with how the stain really darkened the wood without covering any of the wood’s characteristics. Now let’s see if my boys will wash their hands!