Need a handy stool for when you’re gardening? We’ve got the perfect project for you! This simple stool can be made in a day and would cost you just $20!
- Cordless drill
- Jigsaw (Here are some of the best jig saws under $500)
- Round-over bit – they make jigsaw cuts appear smoother and straight cuts look straighter!
- 1-1/4″ screws
- 2″ screws
- 3/4″ x 24′ x 24′ plywood
- wood glue
Step #1: Lay out the top and the legs
Get a 24 x 24-inch piece of plywood and cut it into 18-inch and 6-inch strips. Draw crosshairs to pinpoint the center of the larger board. Hammer a drywall screw and use it as a pivot point for moving a 7-inch-radius circle, then sketch lines 3/8-inches away from the crosshairs on every side to make ¾-inch-thick layout labels for cutting the interlocking notches and placing the leg brace blocks later.
Step #2: Cut the parts out and rout the edges
Drill a ½-inch pilot hole in the lower notch. Now insert a fine-tooth blade in your jigsaw and cut out the round top. Also, use your jigsaw to cut the legs and the ¾-inch x 2-1/2-inch notches for connecting the legs. Use your router with a ¼-inch round-over bit to smooth the sides of the top and legs excluding the edges along the tops of the two legs. If you don’t have a router, you can soften the edges using sandpaper. Now cut the triangular blocks from the 6-inch-wide cutoff and position the two of them to the bottom side of the top and secure with wood glue plus 1-1/4-inch all-purpose screws.
Step #3: Put the parts together
Fasten two triangular blocks where the top marks intersect using a screw. Secure the legs with 2-inch screws, put the other two blocks, then apply a finish.
Put the legs into position and use 2-inch screws to fix them to the blocks. Install the other two triangular blocks and apply a finish. You may want to paint it too.