Make your kids their very own stools! This DIY project is free and contains step by step instructions so you can build stools from wood boards!
1 - 2x2 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 3/4" Plywood measuring at least 13" x 13" or a 13" diameter wood round (this is the stool top)
4 - 2x2 @ 13 1/2" (Ends double beveled at 10 degrees/10 degrees with ends parallel)
4 - 1x2 @ 5" (Short point to short point, both ends at 10 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel)
2 - 1x2 @ 7 3/8" (Short point to short point, ends are NOT parallel, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square)
2 - 1x2 @ 8 7/8" (Long Point to long point, ends are not parallel, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square)
1 - 3/4" Plywood cut into 13" diameter round
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!
Pocket holes are the way to go on this stool. I used a Kreg Jig and attached the top aprons as shown above, flush to the outside top corner.
Now attach the top as shown above, centering the base on the top.
To cut the top, I used a scrap piece of PureBond Plywood (I've committed to using NO Formaldehyde containing furniture in my house) cut into a 13" square. Then I took a string and tacked one end to the center. With the other end, I drew a circle on the plywood. Then I cut out with a jigsaw and sanded edges.