Step Stools Of A Different Kind

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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 09-05-2008 06:11 PM 2774 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes you need an all purpose stool for around the shop area. I came up with something similar to what many people make for indoor step stools, but with a few additions or improvements for out in the shop.

The stools themselves are made from 2x materials (all pics are scraps), leftover trex decking material, deck screws and a bit of 1/4 plywood for the storage area. Yes, Storage area. What good is a practically anything in the shop without storage of some kind attached?

The top is very sturdy stepping on it by itself, but the pull-out step in the middle makes it even easier to use. Under the pull-out step, is plenty of storage for lots of stuff.

Here’s the bonus about the pull out step, they can be used as the pair, for lumber storage or mini “workbenches”, when not being stepped on. They come in handy on WAY more than one occasion since I built them 2 months ago.

Dims are 18"H x 22"L x 5"D (top step). The base is 12” from front to back edge for good stability.

I hope you enjoy it,

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#1 posted 09-05-2008 06:20 PM

Clever idea, you can never have enough storage, well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#2 posted 09-05-2008 06:24 PM

I agree—very clever!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 09-05-2008 06:50 PM

very nice

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 09-05-2008 10:00 PM

Thanks folks, these were an easy project, in that it was a no brainer that I needed SOMETHING, as well as something to take my mind away from the “real” work. There’s so many small things you can do for around the shop, that take very little actual work or wood for that matter, yet are priceless when it comes to the time when you actually need that “little thing” you built out of scraps.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 09-05-2008 10:15 PM

Nice design!I love to see all the many diferrent designs for steps they had invented/made over many years .Considerring they were much shorter than us many years ago it figures these must have been very popular and I have not eseen this design before regardsAlistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 09-05-2008 10:18 PM

Thanks Alistair, It was just an off the top of my head thing as many things are in the shop. I only needed it tall enough to reach up to the top of the truck to put the vacation luggage carrier on top.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#7 posted 09-05-2008 11:46 PM

good work … I like your posting

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 09-06-2008 04:54 AM

Nice project and a great use for scraps. We all got them!


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 09-06-2008 11:00 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 02-12-2009 03:20 AM

Hey St. Louis! I really like the step stool. My husband built my work bench years ago and it’s too tall for me I can’t reach the tools hanging on the wall behind it without a stool. He built me a platform to stand on about 4 feet long, which I sometimes forget I’m on and almost break a leg when I fall off it. Plus it’s too heavy when I need to slide it out of the way to get under the workbench. I can’t see how your slides open, the pictures arent working. I would love to see pictures of it opened. I could use something like this at the cabin, I built my cabinets all the way to the ceiling and there’s no way I can get into them without standing on something. I need something like that, not to big and can easily be pushed it out of the way. I’m gonna keep checking back to see if I can see all the pictures.

-- Janice

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