SIMPLE WOODWORKING PROJECTS:
Start With These Shaker Step Stool Plans!
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The link to the SketchUp pdf for these free wood project plans is at the bottom of this page.
WOODWORKING TOOLS NEEDED:
The woodworking tools needed for these simple woodworking projects are the very basic. That is the good thing about using the pocket jig from Kreg Tools. If you don't have a table saw, or other big, expensive tools, the Kreg pocket jig will compensate, and give you the strong pocket hole joint you need.
The hand woodworking tools you will need are:
- speed square;
- tape measure;
- compass (or other method for circles);
- Kreg pocket hole jig; and
- woodworking clamps.
The only power woodworking tools that are absolutely essential are a jig saw and a drill.
If you have an electric sander or a router, you could also use them.
The only materials needed for these step stool plans are:
- (1) 1x12, 6' long pine board;
- (1) 1x3 4' long pine board; and
- (16) 1 1/4" coarse thread, pocket jig screws.
If you haven't purchased pine boards previously, you can learn more about selecting pine boards here.
POCKET HOLE JOINERY USED:
The only type of pocket hole joinery used in these beginner woodworking project plans is right angle.
WOODWORKING PROJECT COSTS:
The approximate cost to build one of these simple woodworking projects is $20 - $25.
These free wood project plans have only 5 pieces. Cut those pieces as follows:
- (2) 11 1/2" by 12" sides;
- (1) 11 1/2" by 12" bottom step;
- (1) 7 1/4" by 15" top step; and
- (1) 2 1/2" by 12" brace.
When cutting with a jig saw, put the best side of your board down.
The next step is to make the step stool plans cutouts on the 2 side pieces.
For the larger cutout, make a mark 6" from the back along the top edge. Then mark 5" from the bottom along the front edge.
On a sheet of paper use your compass to make a 6" radius quarter circle. Cut that quarter circle out, and position it so that it lines up between your 5" mark and your 6" mark. Trace, and then use your jig saw to make the cutout.
Use that first cutout to trace the cutout for the 2nd side. Then, cut that out, too.
If you don't have a compass, you can use a bowl or pan. Line up the pan so that it touches the 6" mark and the 5" mark. Then, trace and cut. As before use your first side to trace the line for the 2nd side.
The next step is to make the bottom cutout on the 2 side pieces of these simple woodworking projects. Find the center point on the bottom on one side piece - 5 3/4" from each side. Use a compass and a pencil to trace a 2" semi-circle from that center point. Then use your jig saw to cut out that semi-circle. Use that cutout to trace onto the other side.
After the jig saw cutouts, the step stool profile is complete.
After the cutouts, the side pieces for these simple woodworking projects should look like this.
Your two side pieces should be mirror images of each other with the grain matching as in this photo.
Remember, the sides will face each other, so put the best side of each piece on the outside.
Set up your pocket jig from Kreg Tools to drill the pocket holes in these simple woodworking projects.
The first step in setting up your Kreg pocket hole jig is to set the collar for the step drill bit at 3/4".
The next step is to set the Kreg Tools pocket hole drill guide to 3/4", which is the thickness of all of the material used in these step stool plans.
If you are not sure how to do these settings, review the pocket jig set-up process.
Drill the pocket holes.
You will drill two pocket holes along the top edge of the side pieces. Make sure you drill into the poorer side, so that the best side will be on the outside. Also, keep in mind that your side pieces have to be mirror images of each other. You don't want two right side pieces and no left side.
You will drill 4 pocket holes on the short sides of your bottom step, and 2 pocket holes on the short sides of your brace. There will be no holes drilled into the top step.
The next step is to round the edges of your step stool that will be showing after assembly. You could use several methods to accomplish this.
If you have a router, you could use that. If you don't have a router, you could use an edge planer.
If you don't have that, you can sand the exposed edges with a sander to make them rounded. The edges will not be as even as with the other 2 options.
You also want to sand your pieces before they are joined together. This is true whether you use an electric sander or are sanding by hand.
Page 2 Has Your
Step Stool Assembly Instructions.
You Can Print Out the PDF
for This Free Woodworking Plan.
Page 3 Shows How Milk Paint
Was Used to Finish This Step Stool.