very good at making my DIY look professional, but I generally
make it sufficiently strong. The steps are made of cheap softwood
with a spot of teak woodstain and the photo shows one of them
after two and a half years of heavy and entirely satisfactory
themselves comprise two flat pieces of wood screwed together at
right angles, the step and the leg. The screws go though the step
into the end grain of the leg, which is not ideal, but there is
no great strain on them as the step rests naturally on the leg.
I used quite large (about 3 x No. 10) countersunk screws
and they have been fine.
bolted firmly to the front of the gas and electric lockers, with
two vertical 5mm holes drilled though them. The tops of these
holes are opened up to about 12mm dia. for a depth of about 8mm.
These measurements are not critical. The side of the step opposite
the leg has 2 x 5mm countersunk screws secured by full nuts and
projecting a couple of inches below the step. These push down
into the vertical holes in the battens, with the nuts occupying
the opened out section. There is nothing to positively secure
these screws into the batten, but the thread of the screws jams
quite tightly into the vertical holes and there really is nothing
to make them come out. In practice the steps dont move at
all, yet can be lifted out if necessary.The top corners and edges
of the step were chamfered before staining.