This folding step stool is a useful project for your home or workshop.
It not only makes a great little step stools it doubles as extra seating when required, especially in the shop. I found the original stool plan was too narrow and unstable so I modified the original to be stronger and safer. I widened the stance and added material to the feet to make the stool more stable. The Steps flip up out of the way when no in use or when you’re using it as a seat.
So the overall footprint doesn’t consume very much space. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how many time you put this simple project to use.
This folding stool will certainly be handy for camp sites as a table, as a foot stool or extra seating. I’ve been drawing so many plans lately for the re-en-actor group it’s a nice change to draw something that anyone can use.
This little project has been one of the fastest moving plans on the site. Relatively simple to construct, however to operate properly the dimensions must be followed very closely.
The little stool can certainly be used as a chair, a footrest or a table. So handy to take to the beach or sporting events anywhere you could use seating or a table. The stool folds up nice and flat for storage or traveling. So handy it makes a great travel companion. Construction is basic but accuracy will make the folding stool operate flawlessly and five you many years of satisfaction. One of the most popular projects to date.
Children like to help mom or dad in the kitchen now you can keep them safe and secure instead of standing on a chair with the Kid’s Kitchen Booster.
The helper stands 36” high so it is in line with most kitchen counter tops. The platform that they stand on is adjustable to three different positions so depending on the size of your little assistant you can make it work. The front rungs (stretchers) are used as a ladder so the children can climb on to the platform. You then turn the helper into the cabinet and the little darlings can’t fall out.
One of the best features about this Kid’s project is its ability to collapse to a thickness of 8 9/16” for easy storage when not in use.
I designed the booster so it will fit up tight to the counter, even the flared feet which I added for stability will fit under the toe-kick on most kitchen cabinetry.
The project is very simple to build and consists of only eight different pieces. The mortise and tenon joinery makes the helper rock solid and will last for years. As far as materials just about anything will work. I would likely suggest a hardwood just for strength, however if you are concerned about weight or are trying to keep the costs down a softwood will work just fine. One thing I would consider adding would be the plastic edging on the collapsible sides just as an extra level of security.
Helping to keep your children safe in the kitchen …..
This utility bench plan came about as a result of a weekend away at a friend’s cottage.
While everyone else was still sleeping I was up and looking for something to do. I found this little bench out on the porch and thought it would make a useful addition to anyone’s home so I took some measurements and drew up a rough sketch of the bench.
Everyone can use a handy little bench like this. It doubles as a chair, sometimes a ladder, a quick sawhorse or even a bench 🙂 There is a handy hand hold cut in the bench top to make it easy to carry wherever it is required.
The utility bench is a very simple design, that consists of five parts and two of those are duplicates. The project can easily be completed in a weekend. I think it will be real handy as a bench, a place to sit and put your shoes on, or even a step for those of use that are vertically challenged.
I recently saw a curved step stool in a woodworking magazine and really liked the look of the design. It had curved stretchers between the steps and I wanted to make something more utilitarian so this was the result.
I wanted the step stool to curve 90 degrees as you climbed up however I wanted it to collapse so it could take up less of a footprint when it wasn’t in use.
The post that the steps swing on had to be tall enough to provide a hand rail when you climbed to the top. And the steps had to have strong joinery for stability. I designed the steps with dovetails however box (finger) joints would work just as well. I have included templates for all of the risers and treads for your convenience.
This step stool will give you an opportunity to demonstrate both your woodworking and turning skills.