Follow along with the step-by-step instructions at the link to build a step stool. Everyone probably needs one of these from time to time.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a very stable two-step step stool. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online.
The stool is built from reclaimed antique pine—the primary wood used in our workshop—however, since it is planed to 3/4 inches thick, you can easily substitute off-the-shelf lumber.
A kitchen stool that will face hard use has to be strong. When you stand on the stool and hold onto its tall back for balance, you put extra strain on the joints. That is why this stool is dovetailed throughout, because dovetails make the strongest connection between wide boards. If they fit tight the mechanical interlocking alone is enough to hold boards at a rigid right angle. Adding glue is icing on the cake.
Step-by step plans to make a step stool turned chair, with new 3D animation and master-level blueprints.