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I needed something to replace the plastic Ikea paint-splattered step stool we used for years in the Kitchen. It was splattered with paint because I’ve used it so often when painting the walls or ceilings in my house—time to upgrade to something nicer for the Kitchen. The first thing I did was head over to Ana-White.com and found some plans to make a simple step stool easily.
First of all, here is what I was using all these years. Because it was so handy, I often grabbed it when painting, and it ended up looking like this. Not too pretty, right?
Here’s What you Need for your Easy Step Stool
- 3 feet of 1 x 10 boards
- 3 feet of 1x 3 boards
- Some handles (if you want) – adds a nice touch – I used these.
- an adjustable mitre saw capable of making a 5 degree bevelled cut
- 1 ¼ inch pocket screws
- Kreg system or something similar to make pocket holes
- Wood glue.
- Stain or paint (if you want to finish it)
- Polyurethane (if you stain it and want to add a protective finish).
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The Cuts to Make for Your Simple Step Stool Project
- The legs of the stool. TWO – 1×10 @ 7-1/2″ long, both ends beveled at 5 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel to each other.
- The Apron underneath the platform. TWO – 1×3 @ 13″ long, both ends cut at 5 degree angles, shortest point measurement, ends NOT parallel.
- The Platform. ONE– 1×10 @ 16″
Check out Ana White for her detailed step-by-step instructions to quickly build a simple step stool. She has a video as well. You can make your cuts pretty rapidly and then drill all your pocket holes. When that is completed, all that is left is to attach each piece adding glue before you screw it together. You could stop right here if you wanted.
Now for The Finish
Wipe off any excess glue if staining as the stain won’t take if there is dried glue on the wood. Let the project dry for a couple of hours. Come back and stain it or paint it. If you are finishing with Polyurethane, wait for the stain to be dry. I put a couple of coats all over and four coats on the top, which will get the most wear and tear. Once it was all dry, I added the handles. That’s it. You now have a simple step stool that looks nice and will last years.