After every project that I work on, there’s always some leftover scrap pieces that I collect in a pile. Then once in a while, I go through the pile and find some pieces from which I could make a small project for our house. This time I’ve built a DIY Step Stool for Kids. From cutting the pieces and attaching everything together, this project takes less than an hour to complete. The step stool is very sturdy for both indoor and outdoor use. I took a picture of my daughter reaching for apples using the step stool. Now she doesn’t need to call her older brother for help.
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Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size. See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.
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Step 1 – Cut 4×4 Legs
The first step is to cut the four legs. Take 4×4 construction lumber and using a miter saw cut four pieces to 12” in length.
Step 2 – Cut 2×12 Top
Next, take 2×12 board and also cut it to 12” in length. If you don’t have a 2×12 you could use two 2×6 boards and attach them together with wood glue and pocket holes.
Step 3 – Drill Pocket Holes
Drill one pocket hole on each side of 4×4 leg using a Kreg Jig that is set for 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Step 4 – Attach Legs to Top
Apply wood glue on top of the leg and then attach the legs to the 2×12 top with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Step 5 – Cover-Up Pocket Holes
To cover up the pocket holes, take 3/8″ dowel rod and cut eight 2” long pieces. Dip one side of the dowel into the wood glue and hammer it into the pocket hole. The rest of the dowel that is sticking out cut it off with dovetail saw.
Step 6 – Sanding the Step Stool
Using a random orbital sander, sand both the top of the stool and legs with 80 grit sandpaper to eliminate any rough areas. Then use 220 grit sandpaper before applying the stain.
Step 7 – Staining and Painting the Stool
To prevent stain blotching use the Pre-Stain conditioner before applying the stain. Follow Pre-Stain and stain instruction for the best results. After Pre-Stain, apply a coat of Dark Walnut Stain using a brush. Wipe off any excess with a clean cloth. Follow the stain recommendations on how long to wait before applying a coat of Polyurethane to protect the wood and the stain. I used a layer of Chalked Country Gray paint before applying Polyurethane. Spray water on the bench and apply Chalked paint using a cloth. You could place as much or as little as you want to give the desired look. Once the Chalked paint dries, apply a coat of Polyurethane. You’re done with this simple DIY Kids’ Step Stool.