Shaker Furniture Plans for
a 3-step, Wooden Step Stool Designed for the
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DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner
These Shaker furniture plans were designed for the woodworking beginner. This Shaker step stool has three steps and is made using the Kreg pocket jig. Even though pocket hole joinery has been used to simplify the building of these free wood project plans, they still retain the Shaker style.
This project is beautiful, functional and practical for any home. One creative homeowner used this wooden step stool as a fireplace insert to create a warm and homey atmosphere.
The link to the Shaker furniture plans PDF is at the bottom of the page.
If you read through these step-by-step instructions, all you would need to take to the shop is the woodworking beginner PDF.
The first version of these Shaker furniture plans that Ben built did not work so well. When attaching the braces to the front corners of each step, the side of the step stool would split. If you look at the first photo on this page, you can see how those cleats are butted up to the front edge under each step.
On the 2nd version shown here, Ben solved the splitting problem by moving the cleat back from the front edge 1/2". This change has been incorporated into the wooden step stool PDF.
WOODWORKING TOOLS NEEDED:
The hand woodworking tools used in the construction of these shaker step stool plans are:
- tape measure;
- speed square;
- Kreg pocket jig;
- woodworking clamps;
- glue (optional); and
- compass (optional).
The woodworking power tools required are ONLY a jig saw and a drill.
If you have them, you could also use a circular saw, a sander, and a router. BUT, none of them are essential to complete these Kreg plans.
For these Shaker furniture plans you will need the following materials:
POCKET HOLE JOINERY USED:
The only type of pocket hole joinery used in these Kreg plans is right angle joinery.
WOODWORKING PROJECT COSTS:
The cost to build these step stool plans is approximately $30.00. You don't need any expensive tools or a shop. The Kreg pocket jig allows you the liberty to build many woodworking projects on a small budget.
NOTE: The value of your completed project is much higher than $30!!. If you would like to buy a kit to assemble, you can pay $132.50. If you would like to buy a finished Shaker step stool, you can pay $265.00. (See Shakerworkshops.com.)
Cutting the Wood for This Shaker Step Stool.
Your first step in these step stool plans is to cut the sides from the pine panel. Each side piece will be 17 1/4" high, and 12 1/2" wide.
Your next cuts are to make the stair step cuts from the side pieces. The vertical dimension is 5 3/4". The horizontal measurement is 4 1/2" deep.
Once the stair steps are cut out, you can make the half circle cut from the bottom of each side.
If you have a compass, you can use that to draw a half circle that has a 3" radius. If you don't have a compass, find a round item in your home that is close to 6" across. Use that item to trace a half circle.
Once you have the circle drawn, use your jig saw to cut it out.
Your next step is to cut the step pieces from the 1x6 board.
The two bottom steps in these Kreg plans are 17 1/4" long and 5" wide.
The top step is larger because it overhangs 1/4" over the back of the step stool. Cut the top step 17 1/4" long and 5 1/4" wide.
You need to cut 6 brace pieces. Three of these braces will be added to the back. One brace will also support the front of each step of these Shaker furniture plans.
The braces are cut from the 1x2. Each needs to be 14 1/2" long.
Drilling the Pocket Holes.
Before you can use your Kreg pocket jig to drill the holes, you need to set it up for the thickness of wood used in this project.
The "step" of your drill bit needs to be set at 3/4", as shown in the photo. Once you have the step drill bit lined up at 3/4" tighten the collar at the other end.
You also need to set up the drill guide on your pocket screw jig for 3/4". We encourage you to review the Kreg pocket jig setup instructions before you start these free wood project plans.
When drilling the 1x2 braces use the A & B holes on your Kreg pocket jig. This will allow room for the holes, and won't cause the brace to crack.
Using the A and B holes in your Kreg pocket hole jig will make the pocket holes far enough apart so that the 1x2 braces will not split.
Click on the diagram to go to the Kreg plans pdf.