This is a very simple step stool that can be used for a child (or an adult as well as it is very strong).
I made this step stool from one piece of 1" x 5" reclaimed lumber, and 12 wood screws.
You could use a piece of 1" x 6", or 2" x 6" to make it a little taller.
(Click on the [i] at the top left of photos to see an enlarged version.)
- One piece of 1" x 5" reclaimed cedar about 152 cm used (approx. 5')
- 12, 3 cm (1 1/4") wood screws
- Table saw (a handheld circular saw, or a hand saw is also fine)
- Electric orbital sander (or sandpaper wrapped around a block of wood)
- Power drill
- Phillips screwdriver ("+" tip)
- Countersink drill bit
The attached Sketchup file shows the 3D assembled stool, and can be used to modify dimensions etc.
Step 1: Cutting the Wood
I cut the 1" x 5" into the following lengths:
- 2 x 40.5 cm (top pieces)
- 2 x 22.5 cm (legs)
- 1 x 26 cm (support - also cut it to 8 cm width)
After cutting I sanded the edges to remove any rough burrs.
I sanded the surfaces of the wood with about 180 grit as I did not want it too smooth (people will be using it with socked or bare feet).