Recently while talking to my younger sister I learned that my niece has entered the climbing phase. She will drag any and all movable objects to where she will be able to climb up onto things such as desks, counters etc. I commented to my sister that when we were young we always had small stools which were safer than things like totes. This inspired me to build a small stool for my niece as a Christmas present.
For me this was an extremely low cost project as I already had a number of antique table leaves which I had found in my attic upon purchasing my home. since I didn't have the table that they belong to and they were a little bit on the rough side I decided to use one of those for this project as I have in the past for others.
All other materials I already had on hand from past projects as well so I really have no expenses to itemize. Depending on what you have on had and the type of wood you want to use this stool could easily be made for under $20. If you have to buy everything it could certainly be more.
1 3/4" oak board
latex wood filler
table saw (a circular saw could also be used)
router with round over bit
compound miter saw (table saw or circular saw could also be used)
block hand sander
rags & brushes
belt sander (or any other type)
Step 1: Cut the Board to the Desired Size.
Begin by cutting what will become the top surface of the stool. I cut this to 16" x 10-1/2". I often don't measure first but look at the piece of lumber and visualize how the surface area will look when finished. Since this was a table leaf I chose to just trim it down slightly to the above dimensions. I then cut another piece identical in size. My reason for this is that I thought it would be nice looking to glue the two together to make it a thicker more rugged stool. While I was cutting the board down to size I created several strips of wood to use for the legs & bottom side trim. I cut the strips 1-1/2" wide.