I built this stool with (and for) my son so he can reach the bathroom sink. I thought a regular two step stool would get in the way so I poked around online looking for folding stools. I found a picture of one where the bottom step swings up and under the top step, and then scribbled down some notes and diagrams and came up with this. My son is 2 1/2, and he helped by holding boards and dowels as I cut them (with hand tools only of course! He made it very clear that I was not to make any loud noises while he was in the basement!). He also enjoyed sanding and especially pounding the dowels into the holes. I finished it with some garnet shellac to give it a little color and 3 coats of Polycrylic. After it was done I decided it needed to be a little more stable so I added a couple little “feet” in the front to give it a wider base. The feet are scraps of oak glued into slots in the front parts of the legs.