DIY Shop Stool

by Melissa

 

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 – 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand.

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 - 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand. #DIYShopStool #ShopStool #Garage #2x4projects #ShopProjects #DIY

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It has been a minute since we have been able to get outside and start a new wood project. I’m looking forward to some Spring weather and even some Summer too. We have a few new plans in the works but first I needed to fix a problem that I have been dealing with every time we build in the garage. A place to sit! So today’s build is a super simple DIY shop stool.

When I say super simple I totally mean super duper simple. This stool is built out of 3 – 2x4s and a handful of screws. Total cost under $10. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have even bought an averaged priced one at the local dollar store for under $10.

What is even cooler about this build is that it could easily be used as a side table for your patio or house too. It would work equally great as a plant stand. Today though, it is a DIY shop stool. Keep reading for all the tutorial details.

 

How to build a DIY shop stool!

Shopping List:

  • 3 — 2x4x8 boards
  • 2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2″ flathead screws (or 2″ flathead nails)
  • wood glue, sandpaper and finishing supplies

Tools:

Cut List:

4 – 22 1/2″ (legs)

4 – 10 1/2″ (front/back support boards)

4 – 13″ (side support boards)

5 – 16″ (seat boards)

Directions:

Step 1:  Use a miter saw to cut the lumber for your stool.

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 - 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand.

Step 2: Using two front/back supports and two leg boards make one front panel. We used a Kreg Jig to attach these with 2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The first support should be flush with the top of the leg board and then the other should be attached with 8 1/2 inches in between the two.

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 - 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand.

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 - 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand.

Step 3: Using the other two front/back supports and two leg boards make your other back panel. Attaching the support pieces at the same points.

Step 4: Sand all of your pieces before assembling the rest of the stool.

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 - 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand.

Step 5: Attach the front and back panels using the side support boards. Two boards on each side. These will also be attached at the same points. The top board flush with the legs and the others with 8 1/2 inches in between.

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 - 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand.

Step 6: Attach the 5 top seat boards using flathead screws or just regular 2″ nails.

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 - 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand.

Step 7: Stain or Paint…. We just decided to let ours naturally darken like the rest of the projects in our garage but if I was going to use it for the house I would probably use this homemade wood stain. I love it!

Make this easy DIY Shop Stool using only 3 - 2x4x8 boards. The cost is less than $10. It would also make a great side table or plant stand.

Estimated Cost: Less than $10

Skill Level: Beginner

 

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and would love to hear if you built on and what you are using it for.

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Sara March 1, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Great stool, you made it look so easy!!!

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Melissa Coleman March 2, 2016 - 8:23 AM

Thanks Sara… It definitely is super easy to make and budget friendly too. 🙂

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Funky Junk Interiors March 2, 2016 - 1:07 AM

Now that is one awesome build! Looks as sturdy as a rock! I can think of a hundred uses for your cool creation!

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Melissa Coleman March 2, 2016 - 8:22 AM

Thanks Donna… It is super sturdy. 🙂

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Randy Daughdrill January 20, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Great job! Gonna build one for my workbench.

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Jay Y. April 11, 2017 - 4:08 PM

I just had to make one, and sat my mini fridge on it. Thanks for the inspiration one Sunday afternoon.

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Melissa April 12, 2017 - 8:44 AM

Nice! Love the use of a mini fridge stand. So many great ways to use this little inexpensive build.

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Lori Munden April 14, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Made this to use as a night stand for my son’s room at our cabin. It fit in with his pine bunk beds. Gets used for extra seating when we need it. Thanks for the plans! I will be using it again and again I”m sure.

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Melissa April 14, 2017 - 11:36 AM

That is an awesome use for it Lori! I love how everyone is finding so many different ways to use this stool. 🙂

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Chuck Adamcryk December 10, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Great stool looks easy enough I’m going to make one for my shop bench tomorrow.

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Michelle Champagne August 23, 2017 - 4:08 PM

How would you make this into a swivel stool with a back?

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Melissa August 23, 2017 - 4:59 PM

That’s a good question, Michelle. I have never tried to turn it into a swivel stool or put a back on it. I would have to think about how that would work. In the meantime, if you come up with anything let me know and I will pass on the word.

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Grace September 14, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Curious why you say to cut lumber with miter saw when they’re straight cuts? Adding this to my list of projects to make! Thinking it might be perfect size to hold my printer.

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Melissa September 16, 2019 - 1:26 PM

A miter saw makes straight cuts as well as angled cuts.

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