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How to Build a Storage Step Stool (page 1 of 2)

A step stool is an important part of your child's independence, and adults will also find it helpful to reach upper cabinets and tall shelves. This is a simple woodworking project that the whole family can help build.

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A step stool has the ability to magically reveal a whole new world to a toddler. Suddenly, brushing their teeth and washing their hands poses no problem for their diminutive stature, and the once daunting kitchen counter becomes a new frontier for kids to explore their inner chef. You may want to build two of these step stools: one for the bathroom and another for the kitchen.

This is a great project to involve the kids, so let the creativity soar and have fun with color and paint. Your child may even want to customize the stool with his or her name or go wild with stencils and stickers.

Materials and Tools

cordless drill and 1/2" bit
square or ruler
2" wood screws
wood glue
sanding block and medium-grit sandpaper
1x12x8 pine board (11-1/4" wide is standard)
2 standard hinges
paint if desired

Cut List

2 sides at natural width of board at 11-1/4" and cut length 14"
2 storage panel pieces (front and back) at 11-1/4" and width 12"
2 storage box bottoms and kick panel pieces at 11-1/4" and 5-1/4"
2 step stool tops 14" width and 7-1/2" length

Mark the Cuts

After assembling the tools and materials, use a square and pencil to measure and mark the cuts for all sides of the step stool as well as the handle holes. All pieces of this stool can be cut from one piece of 1x12x8 pine board.

Cut the Wood

Using the jigsaw, make each straight cut. For the best results on the handles, first drill a hole a bit larger than the jigsaw blade in the center of the area to be cut out. Then insert the jigsaw blade and follow your markings around the circular handle openings. Finish by cutting out the bottom decorative arches.

Sand It All Smooth

Sand all edges using medium-grit sandpaper. Remember, this stool will likely be moved from room to room and handled by precious toddler skin, so take extra care in making sure all edges are as smooth as possible.

Dry Fit All the Pieces

Line up all of the cut pieces and make sure they fit together nicely. If any adjustments need to be made, do that now.

Note: If you choose to paint or stain your stool, you will get the most professional results by doing this before each piece is assembled.

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