Step 2: Cut the top and legs

family cuts the top and the leg pieces to build step stool
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Clamp the wood to a worktable, and put on safety glasses. Using a jigsaw, cut the square top off the wood, then cut off the section with the two legs in it. Next, clamp the leg section to the table and rip it in half.

To parents: Hardwoods are difficult to cut, so work slowly and keep an eye on your cutline.
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • framing square
      Framing square or ruler
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamps
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 3/32- and ¼-inch drill bits
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander or sanding block
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      2-inch paintbrush
    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors

    Shopping List

    1. 3-foot piece of 1x12 oak or maple

    2. 1-inch finish screws

    3. 60-grit sandpaper

    4. 120-grit sandpaper

    5. Stainable wood glue 6. Stainable wood putty

    7. Water-based stain or latex paint

    8. Nonskid tape

    9. Nail-on furniture glides