This first step is to select the wood to be used. Although this sounds trivial, the grain patterns of the wood play an important role in both the ease of getting the work done, and the final appearance of the Step Stand. I chose cherry for this project mostly because it's an excellent wood to work with hand tools.
If you can get nice straight boards that are 7" wide (and not cupped), the job will be somewhat easier. However, we're showing narrower boards in the Cutting Diagram to give an idea of how to layout the cuts if you must glue-up boards to get the 7' width necessary.
Since cherry can vary so much in color (from dark blood red to a very light pink), matching the pieces to be glued up should be done with care. (As you can see in the photo, my ability to match boards leaves something to be desired.)
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