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Child's Stool

June 30, 2011 |
posted by biz_kid1
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I was inspired by this stool here: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/329418867/Wooden_chair/showimage.html?... It would be a great addition to a kid's room. Need a time out stool? This would work for that, too! Maybe even a foot stool for bigger peoples!

And there are SO many ways to customize this. Paint in colors to match decor. Add the child's name. Add fringe!

And it's super easy and super cheap! I'm not sure how much a precut circle is, exactly, but you can get a 3/4 In. 2 Ft. x 4 Ft. MDF Handy Panel from orange for @ $12 and get 3 seat tops out of one, so that would make it about $3.77 for the top and about $1.50 for the furring strip!

Child's Stool

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Child's Stool
Dimensions: 
15" wide by 12" tall

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

6' 1" x 2" Furring Strip
12" or 15" precut MDF circle

1 1/4 inch screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
drill
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 - 1" x 2" Furring Strip @ 11 1/4"
4 - 1" x 2" Furring Strip @ 5"
1 - 15" precut MDF circle (12" will work fine, too)

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Child's Stool

Step 1) Attach one Stool Leg Support perpendicular 6" from the bottom of one Stool Leg

using glue and 1 1/4" screws (or pocket holes on back side of support).

Step 2

Child's Stool

Step 2) Attach one Stool Leg to the piece made in Step 1 using glue and 1 1/4" screws (or pocket holes on back side of support), forming a "H" shape.

Step 3

Child's Stool

Step 3) Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to build a second "H" shape.

Step 4

Child's Stool

Step 4) Attach one Stool Leg Support perpendicular to one "H" shape 4 1/2" from the bottom of one Stool Leg using glue and 1 1/4" screws (or pocket holes on back side of support).

Step 5

Child's Stool

Step 5) Repeat with the remaining Stool Leg Support on either "H" piece, using glue and 1 1/4" screws (or pocket holes on back side of support).

Step 6

Child's Stool

Step 6) Attach all pieces so they form a square when looked down on using glue and 1 1/4" screws (or pocket holes on back side).

Step 7

Child's Stool

Step 7) Attach Stool Seat to legs by using using glue and 1 1/4" screws through the top of the seat down into the legs or by using pocket holes on back side of legs into the bottom of the seat. The legs should be centered on the underside of the seat.

Step 8

Child's Stool

Step 8) Fill holes and finish as desired.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

There are so many possibilities with this stool! Let your creative juices flow and don't forget about birthday parties or Christmas - these would make an excellent gift!

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