Shaker Furniture Plans
Wooden Step Stool
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Now that the pieces are cut for these Shaker furniture plans, it is time to start the construction of your 3-step, wooden step stool. The photos below will guide you through the assembly process, which can be done by a woodworking beginner.
One of the advantages of the Kreg pocket hole jig is that you can remove the drill guide as shown in this photo. As with these free wood project plans, sometimes your piece just does not fit into the jig. But, because the drill guide is removable, you can still drill the pocket holes in the right spots with accuracy.
Because of the stair steps, it was almost impossible to get the side pieces straight in the Kreg pocket hole jig. The drill guide is designed to be used separately from the base, and has a spot especially for clamping the drill guide to the wood piece, as shown here.
Once everything was clamped securely in place, it was simple to drill the pocket holes in the side pieces of these Shaker furniture plans.
The pocket holes are drilled closer to the back of each step, so that you will have room to connect the braces 1/2" from the front of each step.
The 2 side pieces need to be mirror images of each other. You will need both a right side and a left side of these free wood project plans. You definitely do not want 2 right sides!
BUT, if you do drill 2 side pieces the same, you will just have to make 2 of these Shaker step stool plans.
Before you assemble your Shaker furniture plans step stool, you will want to sand everything as smooth as can be. It is MUCH more difficult to sand after assembly.
You Are Ready To Assemble Your Solid Pine Step Stool.
The first step is to attach the front braces to the side pieces. Inset the braces 1/2" from the front of each step. The photo shows them flush with the front which is what caused the splitting of the sides. In our second version of these free wood project plans, we set the braces 1/2" in from the edges to reduce the possibility of splitting.
The pocket holes will be on the inside of your step stool.
How you install the braces on the back of this woodworking beginner step stool plan depends on the tools you have available.
If you have a regular drill, you will want the pocket holes on the outside of your step stool, because there won't be room to drive the Kreg screw from the inside.
If you have a right angle DRILL as shown in the photo, you can put the pocket holes for the two bottom braces on the inside. With a right angle DRIVER, shown in the photo below, there is enough room on the inside to drive each Kreg screw.
To put the pocket holes for the top brace on the inside, there is not enough room even for the right angle drill.
Ben used a right angle attachment to drive the pocket hole screws in the top braces. He is totally sold on this little gizmo! It will make assembly of other Kreg plans so much easier.
If you desire, you can use pocket hole plugs to fill the pocket holes that end up showing on the back braces.
Because the back of step stool will usually be up against a wall or otherwide not exposed, the use of the pocket hole plugs is not essential.
Once all of your braces in these pocket hole jig plans have been joined to the sides, you can now attach the step treads. The two lower treads will have an overhang of 1/2" on both sides, as well as the front. Make lines on the bottom of the tread, so that you can line the treads up exactly with the rest of the Shaker step stool.
Once it is all aligned, clamp into place, and drive each Kreg screw.
The top step of these Kreg plans will have an overhang of 1/2" on the front and sides, and a 1/4" overhang on the back. Make these lines on the bottom of your tread, so that you can align it correctly with the rest of your Shaker step stool.
Once all is aligned, clamp in place and drive each Kreg screw.
Congratulations! Your 3-step Shaker Wooden Step Stool is complete and ready for you to paint or stain.