Easy two step stool plans from Ana-White.com - I built this stool about 10 years ago, and it's still strong and sturdy! The kids carry it from room to room, use it many times every single day. I cannot believe how well it held up.
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- 4 feet of 1x12 boards
- 18" of 1x6 boards
- 6 feet of 1x2 boards
- I used 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and 1-1/4" brad nails and wood 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.
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.
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 00:17
A-ha! Where was this paint
A-ha! Where was this paint when I built my office desk last summer?! Since the finish is wearing, I might just have to try this paint for the second time around. I need a nice finish that can take a beating! Love this little stool, I think I need two.
Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:57
I love this plan Ana, and the finish is awesome, I will have to try it!! Thanks so much!!
Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:40
What a great-sounding paint! I wonder if it would be tooooo different a white from what I've already got on the first kitchen cabinet...cause it would be perfect on the uppers!
Great plans, too! What a lovely shape on that stool, and great stability.
Tue, 12/17/2013 - 21:33
Hi Ana! We are hoping to expand our family by one in the next year and your post got me thinking about pregnant building - what are the no-no's? I can guess the obvious (no heavy lifting or strong fumes, etc.), but I'm sure there are many things I'm not thinking of...
Love the step stool!
Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:21
Christmas gift and problem with lumber dimensions
We are making this stool for our family Christmas DIY gift exchange, and I was wondering about the size of the 1" x 12" in your plans . Here in Texas, our 1" x 12" lumber is 11 3/4" wide, not 12 1/4"as indicated on the plans here. Is that a typo or is there a diference in the wood there compared to here?
Sun, 10/17/2021 - 11:48
Hi, do you have a way for me to print this project without all the ads in between? Very cute stool.