We needed a step stool for our toddler, but I couldn’t believe how expensive they can be! Before purchasing, I sorted through a pile of scrap wood in our garage and was able to create one I loved for next to nothing!
Scraps to Stool
For this stool I cut down the scraps to (1) 14” x 7” for the top and (3) 10” x 5” for the legs and decorative brace.
Using a chop saw, create angle on both leg pieces. I cut mine to 10 degrees for a more subtle style.
To make the stool nicer, I used to Kreg to create pocket screws instead of just drilling the legs on. This will allow you to hide your screw holes and make your piece look more professional.
Line up the leg where you want it to be and drill in your pocket screws. Before drilling I also applied some wood glue onto the top of the leg for extra hold.
After both legs have been attached, clamp if necessary and allow the wood glue to dry.
Using the same method, create pocket screws to attach the decorative brace to the stool, wood glue and drill in.
Before staining, use wood putty to fill in all the gaps and holes from the pocket screws. Then, sand it all down and give it a finishing touch! I used a 120 grit when sanding.
Staining is my favorite because you can really make your piece your own! I choose Minwax Aged Barrel, which I already had in my garage. Another freebie!
Since this is being used by my kiddos in a bathroom, I wanted to use a sealant for extra protection. I used a foam brush to apply my favorite polyurethane.
Not bad for a basically free project that I like better than something I would have paid for anyways!