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How to make a
Step Stool
step stool
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How to make a step stool
arrow Page one: Introduction - Plans - Parts description
bullet Page two: Marking, cutting and drilling
bullet Page three: Making the stool and step
bullet Page four: Attaching the step
bullet Page five: Safety concerns   -   User Comments/Photos

Introduction
This step stool is a very practical, multi-purpose unit which would find a place in just about any house. It serves as a set of steps, a seat and a stand, all in one.

The step stool stands 400mm (16") high, 400mm (16") wide and 235mm (9 1/4") deep when the step is turned in. It is constructed out of 250mm x 25mm (1" x 10") and 100mm x 25mm (1" x 4") boards.

Safety note: The step stool is not recommended for younger children.
Refer to the 'Safety first' notes for more information.


About the wood dimensions. All dimensions are given in both Metric (mm) and Imperial (inches). The size (width and thickness) of the wood referred to throughout this project is the 'actual size' or 'true size', that is, the size of the lumber when it has been finished/planed. Before the lumber has been finished/planed it is called the 'nominal size'. For example: 250mm x 25mm (1" x 10") when planed may become 235mm x 19mm (3/4"x 9 1/4") actual size.
Below are the plan drawings.
Under the drawings is a cutting list with descriptions of all the pieces.

The instructions, with pictures included, are on successive pages

step stool plans
step stool drawings
Below is a cutting list and description of all the pieces of wood.

PART ID DESCRIPTION
WOOD SIZE
USA (inches)
LENGTH
USA (inches)
WOOD SIZE
Australasia (mm)
LENGTH
Australasia (mm)
HOW MANY
PIECES
[a] Stool sides
3/4" x 9 1/4"
15 1/4"
235mm x 19mm
381mm
2
[b] Stool rails
3/4" x 3 1/2"
13 1/2"
90mm x 19mm
338mm
3
[c] Stool top
3/4" x 9 1/4"
16"
235mm x 19mm
400mm
1
[d] Step sides
3/4" x 9 1/4"
7 1/4"
235mm x 19mm
181mm
2
[e] Step front rail
3/4" x 3 1/2"
10 1/2"
90mm x 19mm
263mm
1
[f] Step rear rail
3/4" x 2 3/4"
(Cut from 3/4" x 3 1/4" stock)
10 1/2"
69mm x 19mm
(cut from 90mm x 19mm stock)
263mm
1
[g] Step tread
3/4" x 9 1/4"
13"
235mm x 19mm
325mm
1

You will also need a bit of wood glue and about thirty-eight 50mm (2") long wood screws and a couple of hinges.

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