Things you will need:
1. Wood ( I used scraps)
3. Biscuits (for joining beveled edges)
4. Screws (to attach base to top)
3. Miter saw
6. Chisels and Mallet
Step 1: Building box that will serve as stool's top
1. Cut plywood roughly down to size using table saw then miter saw. Keep in mind that you are going to get all four sides of box out of this one piece of wood)
2. Now set the table saw up so that the blade is at a 45 degrees to cut the miters. Before you make the first cut think about how tall you want the sides of your box to be and set the fence up accordingly. For my box the fence was set at 1.5" as that is how tall I wanted the sides of my box to be.
3. Run your board though so that you are cutting the longest side first then rotate and flip board over and run board though table saw again. Remeber that the mitered angles have to relate so ensure that they are pointing the same way.
4. Take the board to the miter saw and cut both the miters on the end of the board. Once again I wanted my walls to be 1.5" so I marked out 1.5" on each end of the board before cutting.
5. Take a look at your boards. The two that we last cut should be the correct size while the two cut on the table saw will need to be cut down to correct size. To do this I suggest the following:
A. Set the miter saw at 45 degrees and lock the blade in the down position. Insert the rectangular board against the blade and
make a guide stop with a scrap piece of lumber and a clamp. (See picture) With this guide in place you will be able to cut
both boards to be exact same size.
6. Dry fit the boards and check that all pieces line up.
Step 2: Biscuit Joint some Miters!
Step 3: Make a Stool Base
To create mortise and tenon joint:
1. first cut the two runner boards. Using scrape from my shop that I cut down on the table saw (width 1.75" x height 1.25" ) Once the pieces were cut from table saw I measured from furthest side of one leg to the other to find out how long each runner would need to be.
2. Cut runners to final length using miter saw keeping in mind that you want a through tenon, the finished tenons will need to pass through the stools leg. Cut the tenons alittle long so that you can trim them flush later.
3. Take stool legs and the two runners and lay out were you want the tenon to pass through on the legs. Mark the layout for tenon with pencil on one leg.
4. Take the two legs to band saw and line up the first tenon cut using band saw fence, set a wood stop to ensure that the same depth will be on both boards. As all legs will be the same and all tenon holes will be the same you only have to set this up twice to cut both sides of the mortise for all legs.
5. Run one leg against fence until it hits stop then pull board back from blade. Flip board over and repeat. Take second board and do the same.
6. Know reposition fence so that you are cutting the inner side of mortise channel. Repeat step 5.
6. You have now cut both walls of the mortise so we need to clean out the wood that remains in between the two walls. Remove guide fence but leave stop and cut out the middle using as many passes as necessary.