This step stool was made with red oak. I used the band saw to cut out the W for the legs, i used two different pieces of wood cut out one half of the W on one side and the other half on the other piece of wood, then glued them together. I used a router bit to make a design on the top, and another bit to round the legs. I put together my step stool with glue and pocket hole joints. I used a water based finish, Vermont Maple, then i put on "all water base Polyurithane" "semi-gloss" to finish my project.