Easy vintage step stool plans from Ana-White.com
4 feet of 1x12 boards
18" of 1x6 boards
6 feet of 1x2 boards
I used 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and 2" finish nails and glue
2 - 1x12 @ 12-1/4" - long point measurement, one end is cut at 5 degrees off square (sides)
1 - 1x6 @ 17" (top step)
4 - 1x2 @ 15" (supports)
1 - 1x12 @ 15" (bottom step)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Take the two side pieces and clamp them together. Use the measurments in the diagram to find the points and draw the curves. I used a jar lid to help me get the curves right. Then I carefully cut the sides out with a jigsaw, using a wood blade, and going slow, making sure my blade didn't bevel as I cut.
NOTE: The order of assembly in these instructions is more friendly to pocket hole users. If you use a different type of assembly for joints, you may wish to alter the order of assembly.
The first thing I did was drill 2 pocket holes (3/4" setting) on each inside top of the sides (REMEMBER THEY ARE IN MIRROR!!!) and attached the top step. Make sure you leave 15" between the two sides, as all the other boards are cut 15" in width.
Working down from the top, I then added the two top supports.
And then I added the bottom step - it's just a 1x12.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.