Step Right Up…

Hey guys!  Just wanted to check in with you guys so you know I’m still alive and kickin haha.  I wish I was able to post more but life keeps getting in the way.  I have gotten a few projects done though and I wanted to share one with you.  It’s this cute little step stool that I made for someone.

 

Isn’t it adorable?  I love the bright cheery color that I was able to pick up for only $0.50!  Woot!!  Yay for mistint paint!  I was so lucky that I happened to find exactly what I needed.  And don’t you just love my baby palm tree?  It has no reason to be in the pictures but I’m a little obsessed with it so there it is.  We are actively trying to think of a name for him so suggestions are welcome haha.  The stool went together pretty fast.  The worst part was the jigsaw but I’m getting better at it.  I snapped a few pictures while I was putting it together but, as always, you can stop over at Ana White and get the plans so you can make one yourself.

The directions were really easy to follow.  I started off by clamping my two sides together and cutting them at the same time so I was sure they matched up perfectly.    You can follow Ana’s measurementsso you know where to make all of your cuts.
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Look at those cuts.  Ooo-la-la!  Someone has some mad jigsaw skills!!  Once the bottom was cut I turned them over and did the top.

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Next I cut out my 1×2 supports.  I assembled the whole thing using my Kreg Jig so figure out where you need to drill your pocket holes and get all of those made.  Now you can assemble it.  Don’t forget your glue!

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Here is the way I did it:

1.  Bottom step onto both sides.
2.  Supports under bottom step.
3.  Top step.
4.  Supports under top step.
5.  Back support (Face the pocket holes out so you can access them easier, same with back/top support.)

Now you’re finished up.  Fill all of the visible pocket holes with wood filler and sand.  A little tip for filling pocket holes…get the tube of wood filler so you can squeeze it right into the hole or put filler into a ziplock bag and clip off the corner and make it sort of like a pastry bag.  It makes it really easy to make sure you are filling the whole hole.  And when you are filling something as big as a pocket hole you will need to repeat the process 2 or 3 times making sure it is completely dry between fillings.  Also, I added silicone onto the bottom of the stool so it wouldn’t slide around.  Just squeeze it out of the tube onto the bottom and run your finger over to smooth it out.  I put on 3 coats.  Now sit back and enjoy your handy work!

With two 4 year olds who have a hand washing obsession like their momma, we could definitely use a few of these around our house.  We will see if I ever get the time!  But hopefully you all get the time to make one or some!  And if you do I would love to see them.  And please show me some love and Pin away and follow me on BlogLovin’, my new favorite way to follow blogs.  Thanks for stopping by!

~Steph

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