Note: These instructions will build one board. Repeat entire process to create second board.
*Estimated price excludes bean bags.
Step 1: Necessary Materials and Equipment
One 6’ x 2’ piece of ¾” ply-wood
One 2' x 4'
Two simple cabinet hinges, 2 ½” wide (Screws included)
Four 2 ¼” nails
Paint and Stain (both optional)
Power drill with at least 3/8” bit, and Phillips head driver
Step 2: Creating the Board (1 of 2)
Measure 3 feet from end of 6’ x 2’ plywood board and mark with a line shown in the diagram above.
Step 3: Creating the Board (2 of 2)
Warning: Improper use of the circular saw may result in bodily injury or harm.
Step 4: Making the Hole Cutout (1 of 4)
Measure 9 ½” inches from the top of board and mark.
Measure 12” inches from the side of board and mark.
The intersections of these lines will center the hole to be cut in following operations.
Step 5: Making the Hole Cutout (2 of 4)
a. Tie one end of the string around a pencil. A simple double knot will suffice in attaching the string to the pencil.
b. Measure about 3 ½ - 4” down the string from the knot you just made. Cut the string here with scissors. The string will provide the 3” radius of the circle
c. Tape the newly-cut end of string to the centering mark that was created in Step 4.
d. Keeping slight tension on the anchored string, draw a circle approximately 6” in diameter.
Step 6: Making the Hole Cutout (3 of 4)
Drill a hole just on the inside of the circle created in step 7.
Step 7: Making the Hole Cutout (4 of 4)
Using the Jigsaw, insert blade into small hole created in step 6. Proceed to cut, following the circular trace from step 5.
Note: It is important to complete this step slowly and carefully. Try to focus on following the circular trace. If the blade goes off track, simply realign and continue. Minor stray cuts and blemishes can be worked out by sanding in later steps.
Warning: Improper use of the Jigsaw may cause bodily injury or harm.
Step 8: Creating the Legs (1 of 5)
Using the circular saw:
Cut one, 11” block (for one of the legs).
Cut one, 23” piece (will act as the bottom stand). Set aside 23” piece for later use.
Warning: Improper use of the circular saw may cause bodily injury or harm.
Step 9: Creating the Legs (2 of 5)
*For the next 5 steps you will be working on what is to be the underside of the board.
Measure and mark lines 3” from top and ¾” from the side, with board orientated as pictured above.
Step 10: Creating the Legs (3 of 5)
With the board flat on the workbench, "good-side" down:
Using the 1/2" - 3/4" screws, screw one hinge into the top of the face of one 11” block. Line up the corner of the hinge with the intersections of marks made in step 9. Screw the other part of the hinge into the underside of the board.
Note: Ensure that when the hinge is opened to a 90-degree angle the top of the 11" block lies flush with the underside of the board.
If not, it may be necessary to remove the screws from the block, adjust, and refasten.
Caution: If the block does not lie even with the underside it will put too much stress on the hinge, which may cause buckling or damage to the finished product.
Caution: Be sure to use ½” – ¾” screws. Longer screws or over tightening may cause screws to penetrate the top of the board, damaging the final product.
Step 12: Creating the Legs (5 of 5)
Get the 23" piece of 2' x 4' cut in step 8.
Line it up so that it is 1/2" from the bottom edge of the underside of the board and ½” from each side.
Using the hammer and four nails, attach the 23" piece by pounding 4 nails through it and into the underside of the board.
Caution: Using nails that are too long may cause damage to the board.
Step 13: Sanding
Step 14: Painting and Staining (Optional)
Apply your desired paint and desired number of coats.
Be sure to allow the paint to dry completely before applying ay stain or finish.
Warning: Painting and staining should be done in a well ventilated area, as fumes can be dangerous to inhale.