DIY Tetris Shop Stool




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Whether it's for reaching those just-out-of-reach places, or just to have a place to sit while you work in the shop, a shop stool is essential for any maker. This stop stool just so happens to move around, look like a Tetris puzzle cube, and have a secret compartment for stuff!

Here's how I put it together.

Step 1: Materials

The materials I used:
2 - 8' 4x4
4 - Caster wheels
4 - disc magnets
1 - door hinge
Painters tape
Acrylic paint

The tools I used:
Miter saw
Table router
Screw driver
Paint sprayer

Step 2: Cut and Shape

I started by cutting the 4x4 boards into:

48 - 3 1/2" cubes
4 - 1" pieces
4 - 1 1/2" pieces

I took the cubes and used a 45 degree bit on the router table, and shaped all the edges of each of the cubes.

I sanded down each cube to make them even and remove any tearouts that happened during the routing stage, and to get the cubes ready to glue together.

Step 3: Glue-up

To start putting the stool together, I started by gluing together 4 cubes at a time. I then took 5 of the now 4x1 pieces and made an L shape for one side of the stool, then repeated for the other side.

I glued the 4 - 1" pieces into a square, and glued the 4 - 1 1/2" pieces into a square. The 1" square will go on the bottom of the stool, the 1 1/2" square will go on the top.

When both sides of the stool were dry and ready, I brought the 2 L pieces together and glued the bottom 1" square and the top 1 1/2" square inside the L pieces. I glued the last two 1x4 pieces together to make up the door (a 2x4 piece), then clamped everything together to make sure that it was tight while the glue dried.

After it was dried, I took sand paper and sanded down all the angled edges of the cubes, evening out any areas that needed it.

Step 4: Painting the Tetris Pieces

I printed out a box template on a piece of paper, and drew out the 4x4 cube design of the stool, then colored in the box with Tetris L, T, square, J, S, and Z pieces. It took me two attempts to get it so there were no blank spots.

Using my colored paper box as a reference, I watered down some acrylic paint and started transferring the Tetris pieces layout to the stool.

Step 5: Add the Hardware

Once the paint was dry, I flipped the stool on it's head, then added and screwed down the 4 caster wheels to the bottom corners, and screwed the door hinge between the 1" square in the middle and the 4x2 piece that will act as a door.

I flipped it over, then drilled holes big enough for the 4 magnets (2 in the door piece, and 2 in the 1 1/2" square piece), and glued the magnets in place. Even though the door fits pretty tight, I wanted the magnets there to ensure that the door stays closed when I need it to.

Step 6: Prep and Spray

The last step was to add some clear matte polyurethane to the stool. I taped up the hardware on the bottom of the stool, then used a paint sprayer to spray 3 layers of polyurethane onto the stool.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Now that it's done, I had a stool that I could use around the shop, wheeling around to different areas that I needed to, and could hide a snack or tools in the center of the stool to use later!

I made some other Tetris-inspired projects, like some Sound Panels and a TV Stand - you should check those out too!

If you want to see more of my builds, you can see them on my YouTube channel here

You can also follow me on Instagram for behind the scenes and other randomness @iamthebeardlessman



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    13 Discussions


    Question 9 months ago on Introduction

    So not the 48 blocks but the other two sets of for blocks what are the dimensions for those.


    10 months ago

    So the cubes are only glued together? The inside pieces, the 1” and 1 1/2” squares seem like they need more. No?

    1 reply

    Reply 10 months ago

    Yes, just glued together. I havent had any issues with just the glue, and since i used a lot of wood glue while putting these together Im not too worried


    10 months ago

    I quote, "Whether it's for reaching those just-out-of-reach places". Got news for you, I'm not going to stand on anything with wheels, unless it is a car or truck. Nice enough, but not for a shop, maybe for someone's shop, but deinitely not for mine. A kid would probably love it. But would not put wheels on it, a kid is too likely to try to stand on it. And, as has been mentioned, tetris it ain't.

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    Reply 10 months ago

    Ive gone back and replaced the wheels with locking casters, so there is no worry of it moving now


    10 months ago on Step 7

    Very nice - but I had to comment . . . Isnt this a Rubik's Cube rather than Tetris?

    3 replies

    Reply 10 months ago

    It wasn't intended to look like a rubik's cube, but it did end up kindof looking like one. Rubik's cubes are 3x3, and this is 4x4, so I was hoping it looked more like a Tetris puzzle cube than a rubik's cube


    10 months ago

    Nice Video - thanks - FYI when a 4x4 is cut from logs it is cut to 4" x 4" then they run them through a planer to smooth them on all 4 sides which now makes them 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" I do like the stool

    1 reply

    Couldn't they just cut them to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and plane them to 4x4? Everything else isn't like this, but lumber is. It's confusing.


    10 months ago

    I have built something similar to this and had issues with it rotating out from under me when moving and my butt hitting the floor. I had to move the casters out.

    1 reply

    I ended up moving the casters out to the very corners as well after I had that same issue. As long as my butt is centered on the stool, I haven't had any issues since