Easily Make a Simple Step Stool

Finished Simple Step Stool
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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?

Paint covered step stool
paint covered step stool

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.

Finished Simple Step Stool
Simple Step Stool

4 comments on “Easily Make a Simple Step Stool”

  1. I wondered how quick step by step guide to easily make a simple step stool with proper measurements. If you’re a beginner, so it will help us a lot to our household. This is quite beneficial to us. By following the instructions, we may construct a children’s step stool. Thank you a lot. 

    1. If I can do it, trust me, anyone can. I’m known for putting things together backward and upside down the first couple of tries.

  2. The current stool we have  and use in our kitchen is damaged as well. Although it’s still useable but having a new one would be helpful. 

    When it comes to making stool or tables I have never seen an article detailing the process. I watch vidoes instead which I am more used too.

    Was this your first stool you made or have you done this before? I can imagine it’s not easy. 

    1. The first one I ever did. You do need a miter saw that can cut a bevel 5°. I also used a jigsaw to cut the v-shaped notches in the legs to give it a bit more character.

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