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  • Work Stool/Tote

    Follow ALL SAFETY GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS provided by the manufacturers of your tools, and any chemicals such as glue and finishes you use in this project. YOU are responsible for your safety, so use common sense when working in the shop!

    Use the layouts below for creating the Legs and Rails. Make two of each layout. Set your Kreg Jig and drill bit for 3/4" stock. You will be attaching 1 1/2" stock to 3/4" stock, and 3/4" stock to 1 1/2" stock.


    Position the parts as shown at below and attach using glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.


    Use the layout below to create the Seat.


    Position the parts as shown below and attach using glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.


    Use the layout below to create the Handle. Make sure to secure the Handle in place when drilling the holes.


    Sand one end of the Handle slightly to allow it to more easily enter the hole on the Leg. You can also apply some wax to the end. If needed, use a wood mallet or a rubber mallet with a wood block to GENTLY tap the Handle through the holes. Make sure the holes on each end of the handle are exposed on the outside of the Legs.


    You have two options with the Pins: 1) you can apply glue to the holes in the Handle and insert the Pins, tapping them fully into place; or 2) you can tap the Pins in place without applying glue in case you want to remove or replace the Handle at a later time.

    What You’ll Need

    1 - 1/4" round dowel*
    1 - 1" round dowel
    1 - 1 x 6 x 8*
    1 - 1 x 8 x 8*
    1 - 2 x 8 x 8*
    (availability will vary)
    *provides enough to make more than one project
    Hardware & Supplies
    1 1/4” pocket hole screws
    wood glue
    paint, stain, polyurethane, sealer
    miter saw
    jig saw
    sander/belt sander
    Kreg pocket hole jig


    Legs (2) - 1 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 13
    Rails (2) - 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 23
    Seat (1) - 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 30
    Handle (1) - 1 x 28
    Pins (2) - 1/4 x 1
    All parts are listed in actual dimensions. Refer to the Cutting Diagram below left (a larger version is in the pdf download below) as a guide for determining the specific board from which to cut the parts.

    Download the plan pdf file

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