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The DIY puzzle stool shows off the RYOBI 6.1 Amp Variable Speed Jig Saw’s abilty to smoothly cut curves through 2 layers of ¾” plywood. These stools are great for children and can go in a playroom or nursery.
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Step 1: Supplies + Tools

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¾” Plywood
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There are many types of plywood with different laminations and surfaces. I used ¾” furniture-grade plywood with a sanded finish. I had 12” wide scraps left over from another project, but if you are going to buy plywood I would recommend doing it at Home Depot and having them cut the plywood into strips that are the width you want. A single 4’ by 8’ sheet of plywood cut into 12” strips is more than enough to build 2 puzzle benches.

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1¼” wood screws are ideal. It's possible to use longer screws and connect multiple pieces at a time, but you have to be careful to avoid gaps.

220 Grit Sand Paper
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1” Diameter Dowels – 48” Long
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1/2” Diameter Dowels – 48” Long
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Wood Glue
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RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill

RYOBI 6.1 Amp Variable Speed Jig Saw with Speedmatch™

Step 2: Draw the puzzle pieces

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I drew some nice curves on what would be the underside of the stools. Draw the pieces so they will interlock, but make sure the curves are not too tight for the jig saw. It might be a good idea to make some experimental cuts before finalizing the layout. I made my stool with 5 pieces, but you could easily get 6 or 7 stools out of two 8’ long strips of plywood.

Step 3: Align the plywood and screw the two pieces together

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Align the plywood strips and screw them together. I used 4 screws in each stool segment. Put the screws in on the same side that you drew the lines (i.e. what will be the bottom side of the stool) so that the screws won't be visible.
bruno130691 month ago

Too much fun!

shazni1 year ago
I love your stuff... It really appeals to my heart! Following you to see more :-)
I hope you market these!
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wazzup1051 year ago
lovely !
elleadnih1 year ago
WOW I am amazed with all your works! they are my sense of style! I own a school and with this type of ideas and projects, I can do many awesome (and modern) things! keep it up! and thanks for sharing your works!
Wow. Amazing work!
mcraghead1 year ago
This is a beautiful project, and a fantastic set of instructions!

One small thing, though: I think the multiple "buy at" links were a bit much: direct links to the products themselves (as opposed to homepage links) might be somewhat more useful for the hardware-store-impaired, but since none of these items can be considered hard-to-find (one of the things that makes the project awesome, BTW), the links come off as vaguely icky. It's cool to be "sponsored" (wouldn't mind it myself) but finding the balance can be tricky, especially on a site we all love because it celebrates the spare-time hackery of proud amateurs.

Looking forward to more!