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How to build a modern step stool – free plans!

If you need a step stool for your children or to reach the top shelf, check out the plans for this super simple geometric, modern step stool. This stool is built from one board and uses easy pocket hole joinery to construct. Scroll down to grab the free plans for how to build a modern step stool!

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We recently started potty training our two year old and he has shockingly loved the whole process. One thing he really loves is washing his hands.

However, he’s a heavy little dude, and holding him up for his elaborate hand washing routine was getting old. So, we decided to build him a simple wooden step stool.

This DIY step stool has a sleek, modern design with interesting geometric angles on the side pieces.

However, it’s a really easy project thanks to pocket hole joinery and our new Kreg 720 Pro pocket hole jig.

This simple step stool would work for a kid or toddler. Make sure kids are well supervised whenever using a stool!

How to build a modern step stool - Charleston Crafted

How to build a step stool

Building a step stool is as easy as cutting a few pieces and screwing them back together. You can build an entire step stool from one board!

Below is an overview of the process for how to build a modern step stool, but we have the entire FREE plan below. You can also grab plans just like this on Kreg Tool’s website. There, they have a long list of projects with the full material list, cut list and step-by-step instructions for anything you could need.

While you’re there, be sure to check out their brand new 720 Pro pocket hole jig. It’s the newest jig in their innovative lineup of new tools and it makes a project like this so simple.

We’ve got a full review of the Kreg Jig 720 Pro and video to check out all the features!

Modern Step Stool made with Kreg 720 Pro

Materials used:

Tools used:

Final picture of modern step stool

Steps to build this wood step stool:

Here’s what you need to do to build the step stool!

STEP 1: Make all cuts according to cut list and drill pocket holes

It’s easiest to make all the cuts first and then drill pocket holes. This way, you can work on assembly all at once.

Drilling pocket holes with Kreg 720 Pro

When making initial cuts, the cut list has boards a little long because the pieces are cut at angles next. If you read ahead and are confident in your skills, you can make the angled cuts at the beginning.

Drilling pocket holes with Kreg 720 Pro

We drilled all the pocket holes with the new Kreg 720 Pro pocket hole jig.

This modern step stool is a great project for the Kreg 720 Pro. The 720 Pro makes drilling pocket holes easier than ever before.

Making plugs for pocket holes

The Kreg 720 Pro uses their AutoMaxx clamping system, so popping new boards in and out for drilling holes is so simple and quick.

Kreg 720 Pro attachments

Also, all the pieces are stored on board the jig, either clipped into the bottom or in the attached docking stations.

STEP 2: Connect all leg pieces for each side

All the leg pieces are connected with pocket screws and wood glue.

It’s critical to include wood glue in these joints since they will be taking on weight of someone standing on the stool.

Connecting legs of modern step stool

Once the leg sets are completed, sand them flush and round off the edges and corners.

Once we had all the leg pieces put together, we wanted to fill the pocket holes so they wouldn’t be quite so obvious. For that, we popped in the new Kreg Plug Cutter Drill Guide.

Kreg Plug Cutter Drill Guide

The Plug Cutter Drill Guide slides right into the 720 Pro where the regular drill guide usually goes.

Then, using the plug cutter drill bit, we were able to cut beautiful plugs from the cut off scraps from the wood we were using.

Plugs cut from Kreg Plug Cutter Drill Guide

The Plug Cutter Drill Guide makes it super simple to make custom plugs that work perfectly with your wood type.

Then we put wood glue into the pocket holes and slid in the plugs we just cut. When they were dry, we sanded them smooth and they were perfect.

Filling pocket holes with plugs

STEP 3: Attach two sets of legs with two step pieces

If you want a two-toned color look to your step stool, take the opportunity now to do that.

It’s much easier to stain or paint something two different colors before you connect them.

Then, attach the two leg sets with the two steps, again with pocket screws and wood glue.

Legs connected by steps

STEP 4: Stain or paint and seal

If you are just going with one color, do that now. Then seal the entire step stool to keep it protected. Especially if you are using this step stool in the bathroom or kitchen, it could get wet.

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Top of modern step stool

Step Stool Woodworking Plans

We have partnered with Kreg Tool to create woodworking plans for this project. These stool plans include a material list, cut list, and step-by-step instructions.

Be sure to also check out their new Projects and Plans website, which is full of free and easy plans that will help you make cool furniture and other projects for your home.

Wooden step stool video tutorial

Also be sure to check out our video tutorial showing the build process!

The video tutorial will give you a better look at how everything came together in order.

Video link for modern step stool

Any questions about how to make a simple step stool?

Be sure to check out our other DIY projects and woodworking projects!

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Monday 7th of June 2021

Any chance to share the 3D files? Looks like it was from Sketchup?


Thursday 10th of June 2021

Hey Kevin, could you email me at and we can talk about what you need. Thanks!


Thursday 18th of February 2021

I simply adore this diy. I got to put this on my diy list for this summer. Thanks for sharing

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