Step 4: Sand the pieces

family sands the pieces of wood for building step stool
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Clamp the top piece down. Using a random-orbit sander and 60-grit sandpaper, round over the corners and edges to soften them. Switch to 120-grit paper and sand all the flat surfaces on the top and legs to smooth them before painting. Make sure the dust bag is on the back of the sander.
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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