What’s better than a simple stool project? A ridiculously simple one. Here are plans for a workshop stool you can make, inspired by that “simpler is better” concept.
TIME: One Day
COST: $20 – $100
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine
Build the two side ladders
Begin by building the two side ladders using the spacing shown in Figure A. Use a square to ensure each “rung” is square to the leg, then secure each using glue and 1-1/4-in. screws (Photo 1).
Photo 1: Cut the pieces to length, then glue and screw the crosspieces to the legs. Use a square to ensure the assemblies are square.
Use a 1/4-in. round-over bit to soften the outer edges of each leg. Stand the two ladder sides facing each other and install the two steps and the back brace. Predrill the holes to prevent splitting.
Figure A: Workshop stool
Flip the top down and you have a stool for sitting or working; flip it up and you have a small stepladder for reaching. Build two of them and you have sawhorses for supporting sheets of plywood or long boards when working.
Finishing the Stool
Put it all together
Cut the two top boards to length and round over the top edges. Secure the two top edges to each other using 2-1/2-in. no-mortise hinges; regular hinges will also work but will leave a slightly wider gap. Position the hinged-together top boards so they overhang the sides of the legs by about 3/4 in. and the front and back by about 3/8 in. Attach one of the top boards to the top “rungs” of the ladder using 2-in. screws.
Photo 2: Attach the two steps and the back brace to the ladder sides. Use hinges to join the two top pieces, then secure one of the boards to the top “rungs.”
Download the Plans: Ridiculously Simple Shop Stool
Tools & Materials
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Circular saw or miter saw
1/4-in. round-over bit
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- 2′ 1×4
- 3′ 1×6
- 4′ 1×8