Narrow Transformable Spiral Step Stool From Scrap Wood




this was created for a specific purpose. I needed a narrow step stool for our bathroom. It also had to be three year old proof.

Step 1: Making the Legs

I wanted this to be simple but with a twist. making the legs round seemed to be both. There are 9 that are 1 1/2" diameter by 6 1/2", 14 1/2", & 22 1/2". 3 of each. all of these were done with 2X4 ripped in half. I used scrap stuff but one stud new would make all of them plus the tiered leg. If you don't have 1X4, glue two 2X4's.

Step 2: The Tiered Leg

this will be the hinge for the smaller steps
I start by gluing a 2 X4 and two 3/4"X4" together
The bottom leg is 6 1/2" tall and 3" diameter
the middle leg is 8" and 2 1/4" diameter
the top leg is 8" tall and1 1/2" diameter
The lathe handles this pretty good but it is a slow and tedious job taking off all of this wood.

Step 3: Cutting Up the Three Steps and the Bottom of the Stool

I just used some scrap 3/4" plywood. If I had known how cool this was going to turn out I probably would have used cabinet grade. oh well
First piece final measurement is 12"X23"

second step final measurement is 9 1/2"X20 1/2"

Third step final measurement is 7X17 3/4"

And the bottom board is 12X23"

I learned the hard way to get my measurements from the top step down. If you go from bottom up like I did, there may be multiple cuts to make everything fit. When I connected the legs to the tread I used 2" coarse screws and pre drilled with an 1/8" pilot bit

Step 4: Fitting the Legs and Steps Together

Once I put the steps in, I realized there was a need to trim the corners to allow a smooth transition.

Step 5: Cutting Out the Corners and Bottom Plate

This step is just to reiterate the trimming for the two moveable steps. I also had to make the bottom puzzle piece easy to fit and slide. It did take a little rounding on each outside corner. I didn't take any pics but once everything fit and moved well, I disassembled and sanded with 220 grit paper

Step 6: Trial Run

This is where the stool is needed. A narrow bathroom with a high sink. It fits and moves smooth.

Step 7: FINITO

Picked out the paint at Lowe's. while waiting found a template for a sweet mallot. Definitely gonna need one of these. And then two coats later and some dry time. A interesting little stool fit for a princess.



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    14 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    wow!!!! that"s all that and a bag of chips. Great job


    5 years ago

    Nice job


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is beautiful work! When your daughter grows older, it can be used as a small shelving unit for toiletries, books, magazines, and "multi-purpose paper". And if you have a family with younger cousins, you may have them using this - and their parents wanting one as well.


    4 years ago

    Great step stool! Do you know of a way to make one for an adult? I made a loft bed for myself but I need steps not a ladder to climb up. Any help would be greatly appreciated


    4 years ago on Introduction

    That's really cool! I really need to get into this kind of thing.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    That is very clever and looks nice. I instantly thought dog step for our bed.