A safer step stool
I’ve been a remodeler and a handyman for more than 20 years now, and in that time I’ve really come to appreciate the simple perfection of my little step stool. Its dimensions and materials point to the source of its components: I made them out of scraps rescued from the burn pile.
The thing I like best about my little stool is its stability. Because the sides are tapered, it’s a lot harder to tip over than a stool with straight sides. Its 14-in. height makes it narrow enough to fit between stud walls framed on 16-in. centers, but still tall enough for me to reach the top of a wall in a room with 8-ft. ceilings.
To protect floors and add even more stability, I wrapped the 2×2 feet with inner-tube rubber shoes. The stool doubles as a little workbench for cutting, painting, and hammering. And at the end of the day, I can flip the stool over and use it as a box to carry tools and supplies back to the truck.
Mike Niemeyer, Lawrenceburg, IN