Free-standing steps are helpful for reaching a height that is not easily accessible from standing on a flat surface. This style of steps is preferred over a stepladder because it provides the user a more secure and balanced stepping surface. Creating a set of free-standing steps requires a few quick measurements and cuts.
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Things you need
- Two sections of 3/4-inch plywood, 33 inches deep by 18 inches high
- Three 2-by-10s, 27 1/2 inches long
- Three 2-by-10s, 30 inches long
- Tape measure
- Hand saw
- One box of 3-inch screws
- Phillips head drill bit
Lay a 33-by-18 inch section of plywood on a flat surface, horizontally displaying the 33-inch edges on the top and bottom. Measure up six inches along the left side edge and mark this location with a pencil.
Place T-square at the 6-inch mark and draw a line 10 inches long toward the opposite edge of the plywood.
Measure and mark six inches up from the end point of the 10-inch line. Draw a line from the end of the 10-inch line up to the 6-inch mark.
Place T-square at the 6-inch mark, and draw a line 10 inches long toward the opposite edge of the plywood.
Measure and mark six inches up from the end point of the 10-inch line. Draw a line from the end of the 10-inch line up to the 6-inch mark. This mark will be located along the top edge of the plywood section.
Cut along the step lines with the hand saw to create an outline for the steps.
Repeat steps 1 through 6 with the remaining 33-by-18 inch section of plywood. This will complete the process of creating the sides of the free-standing steps.
Hold the two sections of plywood in standing position next to each other and place one 27½-inch 2-by-10 at the front and back corners of the steps. Press the two step sides onto the ends of the 2-by-10s and drive two 3-inch screws through each end of the plywood to join the 2-by-10s to the plywood.
Place the remaining 27½-inch 2-by-10 in standing position between the top corners. Line up the top and side edge of the 2-by-10 with the edges of the plywood and drive two screws through each end of the 2-by-10 to join it with the plywood.
Place one 30-inch 2-by-10 onto each of the three 10-inch tread holders on the plywood stair sides. Drive three evenly spaced screws down through the 2-by-10s at each end to join them permanently with the plywood sides.
Tips and warnings
- Use steps on a flat surface to avoid tipping.
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