This simple and utilitarian project serves as a perfect introduction to woodworking. The step stool requires very little lumber or tools. Its traditional Shaker design gives it a quiet beauty, making it a good fit for any home. It can be used for getting to high shelves and cabinets, kids reaching a sink, dogs getting into bed, and a host of other things. This project is a beginner’s course in board preparation and hand-cut dovetails. Experts can use the small stature to really nit-pick their design and execution.