for Kids Teach How to
Build a Step Stool
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These woodworking plans for kids show you how to build a step stool.
This is our most popular plan! And for good reason: The step stool is easy to build! It is inexpensive to build! And the step stool is very practical!
The one in the photo gets used next to the sofa every day to hold the remotes and the coffee cup. But when the little kids are over it gets hauled it to the kitchen or bathroom - I wonder what trouble they are getting into NOW?
Click here to go to Page 1
of these free step stool plans,
which shows how to cut and drill
the 5 pieces of wood.
The link to the woodworking plan PDF
is at the bottom of this page.
The next step is assemble these step stool plans.
Ben used a right angle drill attachment like the one shown to drive the Kreg pocket hole screws, so was able to get into tight spots.
If you don't have a right angle drill or attachment, you will need to change the order of assembly to the following:
- attach cleat to both sides;
- attach the sides to the top; and
- attach the bottom last.
This is the order used in the woodworking plan PDF free download at the bottom of the page.
To build a step stool, lay one of your side pieces on a flat work surface. Align the bottom step along the line that is 2 1/4" from the bottom edge, and flush with the front and back of the side piece. Clamp it in place, and double check that everything is square.
When all is square, drive the 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
Lay your second side piece on the flat work surface. Align the bottom with that side piece. In the photo you can see how we used the 12" long brace (which is not yet attached) to hold up the top side piece. This helps you get the pieces square.
When you are sure all is square, drive the Kreg pocket hole screws.
Your next step is attach the top. You have already marked the lines for the top. Align the sides within those lines at the bottom of the top piece. Clamp in place; double-check that all is square; and drive the pocket hole screws.
Your last step is to attach the brace. Align the brace along one of the side pieces using the 1/2" inset line that you had marked earlier. As before, align in place; clamp; double-check for square; and drive the pocket hole screws.
Attach the brace on the other side.
Your wooden Shaker step stool is now complete, and ready for staining and varnishing, or painting.
Not only can you build a step stool, but we have other woodworking beginner plans, too.
Check out our
woodworking plans for kids
so you can keep on building together!