Step 1: Tools & Materials
These are the tools you'll need:
Saber saw or band saw or even a coping saw in a pinch.
Battery drill with philips screwdriver bit or just a philips head screwdriver
Tape measure or ruler
Pencil or pen to mark with
This is the list of material:
(1) 5 gallon bucket
(1) piece of plywood at least 12"x12" square
(1) piece of 3/4"x1-1/2" (1x2) batten board at least 24" long
(6) 1-1/4" screws
Seat pad at least the size of the seat (I used an old gardening knee pad)
Paint if desired
Step 2: Making the Seat Top
1. Turn the bucket upside down on the plywood and trace the outline of the bucket.
2. Used the saber was to cut along the line to shape the seat.
3. Sand the edges if required to make the edges smooth.
Step 3: Make Cleats for the Underside of the Seat
1. Place the 1x2 on top of the bucket with the outside edge of the board along the inside edge of the bucket opening. Trace the outline of the inside edge of the bucket on the underside of the board. This will allow the cleat to fit snugly inside the bucket.
2. Use the saber saw to cut the radius on the cleat.
3. Check the fit.
4. Repeat the process to make 2 cleats.
Step 4: Attach the Cleats to the Seat Bottom
1. Measure the inside dimension of the bucket.
2. Measure the outside dimension of the seat top.
3. Determine the the inset distance for the cleats by subtracting the inside dimension of the bucket from the outside dimension of the seat. Divide that number in half and that should be the inset dimension of the cleats from the outside edge of the seat board.
4. Mark the inset position for the cleats on the seat bottom and temporarily attached the cleats.
5. Dry fit the seat on the bucket. Make any required adjustments to make the set fit snugly.
6. Once the seat fits to your satisfaction, apply the wood glue to the cleat and permanently attach the cleats to the seat bottom.
Step 5: Make the Seat Cushion
1. Place the knee pad on the bench and then place your seat on top of the pad.
2. Trace the outline of the seat onto the pad.
3. Use a knife or razor to cut the pad to shape.
4. Sand the cushion if necessary to make the cushion fit the seat.
5. Do not attached the cushion yet!
6. Paint the seat if desired.
7. Use the contact cement to glue the cushion to the seat.
8. Let the glue dry then test for comfort.
Step 6: Make It Your Own
I wanted a way to keep the frequently used items easily accessible and still have room for other stuff.
What I decided to do was attach the most frequently used items to the sides of the bucket with Velcro fasteners. This would keep them secure to the sides and still allow room in the center and at the bottom for miscellaneous tackle.
Step 7: Attach the Boxes With Velcro
Step 8: You Can Use the Seat for Storage Too
Step 9: Now Add Your Tools
For the fillet knife and flashlight I used peel and stick Velcro "Dots" to fasten the tools in place. I placed a dot at the top and at the bottom of the tool cases and then placed them in position just like I did with the tackle boxes. This way the tool cases aren't physically altered and you can place them on your belt if you wanted.
For the pliers I made a holder out of a piece of 1/2" PVC water pipe. I used a heat gun and molded the PVC to shape around the pliers. This gave the holder a flat surface on the back to affix to the bucket. I didn't want to drill any holes in the bucket because I wanted to keep it available to use as a live well if needed. I used one of the Velcro dots to fasten the holder to the side of the bucket and placed the pliers in the holder.
The remaining tools (the hook sharpener & clippers) did not have a case so I had to figure out a different system. I decided to use hooks to hang the tools on the bucket side. I used peel and stick picture hanger hooks for these items.