I made a step stool real similar to this years ago. I really like how solid it feels and the contrast in the finishes between the steps and sides look great. This step stool was easy to make; with pocket holes used for all the joinery you can easily make this in a few hours. If you’re not familiar with pocket holes you should definitely look into them. I’ll include a link at the bottom of this post. They’re easy to use and make joinery really easy. In fact I use pocket holes whenever I can. I made the entire stool out of Oak. The steps are solid oak, and the sides and stretchers I used oak plywood. For the finish I used boiled linseed oil on the steps. For the sides I stained them with a red mahogany stain, and then applied a layer of polyurethane on top of that. The finish has a great contrast and I’ll be using this one for years to come.
If you make one of these be sure to post a picture of it over on the WoodLogger Facebook Page. I’d love to see how yours turns out.
- (1) 1″ x 4′ x 4′ Oak Plywood
- (1) 1″ 8″ x 4′ Oak
- (2) Sides – 3/4 x 15-3/4″ (front to back length) x 14″ (top to bottom length)
- (4) Stretchers – 3/4 x 2 x 14″
- (1) Top Step – 3/4 x 9-1/4 x 17″
- (1) Bottom Step – 3/4 x 7-1/2 x 17″
Milling & Assembly
Items Used to Finish this