DIY Wooden Step Stool Using Scrap Wood

A simple DIY wooden step stool made using scrap wood! Learn how to build a step stool with detailed plans, step by step tutorial, and video!

DIY wooden step stool with kid standing on it with text overlay

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You know that one simple project that you have wanted to for a long time but never really got around to it?

This is one of those.

We have been using 2-3 plastic Ikea stools around the house for the kids – sometimes us when we need a little lift. Over the years we have been through at least 5 of those stools and I wanted something a little sturdier.

When my friends at Bernzomatic challenged me to make something using material I had at hand, aka scrap wood, I knew it was time to finally tackle the step stool!

DIY Wooden Step Stool

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Materials Needed for the Step Stool

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Wooden Step Stool Plans

You can get the printable plans for the step stool by clicking the link below.

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How to Make the Step Stool

Here is a quick video showing how to build the step stool. Written step by step instructions follow below.

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – Cut Lumber

scrap wood pieces cut up for DIY step stool

The stool is made up of 1×3 boards and I went through my scrap wood pile and collected all the 1x3s I could find. There were a few painted boards in the mix as well. I was a couple of boards short so I found a few 1×8 and 1×10 and ripped them up on my table saw.

Step 2 – Torch the Wood

torching wood to make a step stool for kids

I torched the various pieces to varying degrees – I went over a few one time, some a couple of times, and some 4-5 times till they were nice and dark.

Tip – Keep the Torch moving slowly across the surface for a uniform look.

I liked the gray that came through the painted white boards so I decided to add a little more color.

  • I painted a few boards of each size in pink and teal, wiped off excess paint, and torched them.
torching painted pieces of wood

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Step 3 – Make Pocket Holes and Join

  • Make pocket holes with the Kreg jig in the 3/4″ setting. There are holes going from one board to the next with no holes in the last board.
  • Join using wood glue and pocket hole screws to build the two sides of the step stool.
Joining boards to make the sides of the step stool

Step 4 – Attach Treads

The treads are attached using wood glue and 1-1/4″ finish nails.

attaching treads for the DIY step stool

I attached them to one side and then placed them over the other side and attached them.

Attaching the treads of the step stool to the other side

Step 5 – Finishing Touches

  • Torch the underside of the step stool using the BZ4500HS torch. This also created the torched effect inside the pocket holes and helped blend them in.
torching the underside of the step stool
  • Torch any edges that I had missed earlier – like the front edge.
torching front edge of the step stool
  • Using a fine sanding sponge, remove all the soot and wipe down to remove any residue.
  • Apply a few coats of spray poly to keep the ash from falling or rubbing onto feet. Allow to dry and cure for a couple of days

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DIY wooden step stool in bathroom

Bring it into your home and put it to work! The top tread is the perfect height for my 6-year old but the lower tread works just fine for my 9-year old.

child standing on DIY step stool

I have also used it a couple of times to reach a few top shelves.

I like it so much more than the old plastic stools!

The torched wood gradients and the mix of color give this step stool a unique look.

top view of the DIY wooden step stool

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Now, I need to make at least one more. But that would need a trip to a store so it will have to wait. Or maybe I can come up with another design using what I have!

Once again, remember you can get the printable plans for this step stool by clicking the link below.

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE STEP STOOL PLANS

If you are curious about Bernzomatic torches and all the things it can do, you are in for a treat! Check out more at Bernzomatic.com

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DIY Wooden Step Stool Using Scrap Wood

DIY Wooden Step Stool Using Scrap Wood

Yield: 1 wooden step stool

A simple DIY wooden step stool made using scrap wood! Learn how to build a step stool with these detailed plans, tutorial, and video!

Materials

Instructions

    1. Cut lumber per the plans.
    2. Using the Bernzomatic BZ4500HS Heat Shrink Torch and the Bernzomatic propane tank, torch each piece of wood.
    3. Make pocket holes with the Kreg jig in the 3/4" setting.
    4. Join using wood glue and pocket hole screws to build the two sides of the step stool.
    5. Attach the treads using wood glue and 1 1/4 finish nails.
    6. Torch the underside of the step stool using the BZ4500HS torch.
    7. Using a fine sanding sponge, remove all the soot and wipe down to remove any residue.
    8. Apply a few coats of spray poly to keep the ash from falling or rubbing onto feet. Allow to dry and cure for a couple of days.


Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. This is such a cute idea! I’m short so I find it hard to reach things on the top shelves in my kitchen. This step stool would be perfect!

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