This stool might look a little complicated, but I promise you – if you can squeeze a jigsaw trigger, you can make it. It’s just sides cut from a 1×12, a 1×12 bottom step, a 1×6 top step, and some 1x2s in there for extra support. Once you get it cut out, it’s like 10 minutes to make.
It’s got a full, wide bottom step, so I have found myself even using it.
Not only has this step stool held up well in sturdiness, but the finish really is amazing me. The stool is still in very good shape for ten years of use!
Our power sander won’t sand a curved cut, so these sanding pads work pretty good.
Another note – I was able to get a pretty good jigsaw cut on the two sides by using a fresh wood blade and clamping the two sides together and cutting as one. This really helps minimize the need for sanding.
After vacuuming the step stool … we are ready for primer!
I used this Glidden Trim and Door paint and am amazed at how well the finish has held up. It was a paint to use because it’s oil based, but so worth it.
I’ll admit, I was a little nervous when I peeked in the paint room and took a look in the can – the paint seperates out so you must mix it. Nothing a little gentle stirring can’t fix.
And when it dried, we were all super impressed with how thick and shiny the paint was, and how professional looking the one goopy coat ended up looking. Even in our dark Alaska days, the finish reflects it’s so shiny!