One-board Shop Stool

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mikeyl added on 9/3/2018

Build yourself a quick and easy shop stool (or bar stool) from just 1- 2x6x8’ and a handful of tools! The best part is, there is roughly 13” of the board left after completion following the plan, so you can customize the height of the stool and make it up to 36” without needing to get another board!

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Cut bench top

Measure and cut 2- 14” pieces of 2x6 with miter saw.

2

Assemble bench top

Drill 2 pocket holes per board 6” apart so they will be offset when attached using Kreg jig on the bottom of the bench going and screw together using 2 1/2” Kreg screws.

3

Cut board for legs

Measure and cut a 22.5” piece of the 2x6 using the miter saw.

4

Rip legs from board

Rip 1/8” off both sides of the 22.5” board with the table saw to square up the edges. Rip the board into 4- 1.5 x 1.25” boards using the table saw.

5

Cut small braces

Measure and cut 2- 6” pieces of 2x6 using the miter saw. Rip both of these pieces in half with the table saw. Take 1/8” off each side of the pieces prior to ripping if you want squared edges for your braces. Drill 2 pocket holes in each end of these brace pieces. Optionally, for a cleaner look of the finished stool, drill 2 pocket holes along one edge of 2 of the braces. These will be the top braces with the additional pocket holes used to hold the seat bench to the legs when completed.

6

Cut large braces

Measure and cut 2- 9.5” pieces of 2x6 using the miter saw. Rip both of these pieces in half with the table saw. Take 1/8” off each side of the pieces prior to ripping if you want squared edges for your braces. Drill 2 pocket holes in each end of these brace pieces. Optionally, for a cleaner look of the finished stool, drill 3 pocket holes along one edge of 2 of the braces. These will be the top braces with the additional pocket holes used to hold the seat bench to the legs when completed.

7

Assemble legs

Using 2 leg pieces and 2 brace pieces, assemble by clamping the pieces together and screwing the brace pieces into the leg pieces using 2 1/2” Kreg screws (8 per leg assembly). Do this once for either side. The top brace (with optional pocket holes for seat bench) will be flush with the top. The bottom brace will be 7” off the ground. It is easier to begin with the 6” braces as it will be harder to fit the drill without a flexible bit extender otherwise. When the two leg assemblies are together, do the same thing with the longer braces to complete the legs.

8

Attach bench top to legs

Align the legs in the center of the bench top from the underside allowing for a 1” overhang on all sides. Clamp the legs into this position. Depending on which method you’ve chosen to attach the bench top, either screw through the leg braces using 2 1/2” Kreg screws or flip the stool over once clamped and use a 16g nailer and 2” finishing nails to affix the bench top from the top.

9

Sand and finish as desired

Sand using progressively finer grits of sand paper and finish with paint, stain, polyurethane, or just leave it in its natural state.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 2x6, 96", Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

(36) 2 1/2” Kreg Screws  
(12) 16g finish nails  
(1) 80 grit sandpaper  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) Bench top, 1.5” x 5.5” x 14”  
(4) Legs, 1.5” x 1.25” x 22.5”  
(4) Leg braces (large), 1.5” x 2.75” x 9.5”  
(4) Leg braces (small), 1.5” x 2.75” x 6”  

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