Knock Down Stool

Knock Down Stool - main 2


The Design

I’ve had the design for this stool idea for a while now, I’m just now getting around to actually making it. The design itself is simple, but the fact that it has much more potential as other furniture is interesting. One main thing I wanted in this project was to make it functional without using glue or screws, so I knew it had to have through joinery of some type. The main body or base in this case are the legs, which interlock with opposing slots. They are made up of two pieces of wood with cut-outs on each. Both receive an arch on the bottom and a section removed from the top. The slots are what’s different on each piece and that allows the two pieces to interlock.

Once the base is assembled the arches line up, which gives a cool dome look on the bottom. The top portion of the base have four “tenons” for the round top to connect to. The top appears to have a combination of mortise & tenon and also splines.

Knock Down Stool - Circle top Knock Down Stool - marking layout Knock Down Stool - marking layout 2

Making the Cuts

In the project video I use a table saw and a bandsaw, but this project can very easily be accomplished with just a handheld circular saw and jigsaw. The first step I take in the process of making the cuts is to create a circle to cut out for the top. This can be done with a simple piece of cardboard, but in this project I use Tim Sway’s newly developed tool (support him and tell him I sent ya). I took the circle to the bandsaw and cut it free hand, but I could’ve created a better cut with a circle cutting jig, which are easy to make. Sometimes I’m stubborn and like to do things the hard way, haha.

I set that aside and started marking out the other two boards to cut. Once I cut out every thing on the base pieces I put them together and used that assembly to mark out the exact location on the round top where the base would intersect with base. This way get an exact location where to cut the notches in the top. After cutting the notches, that’s it. It’s like a puzzle when assembling, but it only has one way to go together to be functional.

Knock Down Stool - cutting circle Knock Down Stool - cutting arch Knock Down Stool - Cutting slots


This project can be used in many different ways. First of all, it’s perfect for a beginning woodworker or young student to learn to make straight and curved cuts with limited tools. As far as the project itself goes, it’s definitely something I can see a student in college suede to the fact of its ease of use and portability. Even for folks that build and sell online like Easy. Seeing that this project is made up of three pieces of wood and can be knocked down it can be made very quickly, especially with a template, and shipped easily. You can get the plans here.

Knock Down Stool - disassembled Knock Down Stool - assembly 1 Knock Down Stool - assembly 2

Materials used

The only material used in this project is three quarter inch plywood. No screws. No glue.

Materials Used:

3/4” plywood

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Tools used in this project

(*the project mentioned in this article can be built with limited tools)

Power Tools:

• Table saw (upgraded version), Delta:

• (Alternate tool) Circular saw:

• Bandsaw, Grizzly:

• (Alternate tool) Jigsaw, B&D:

• Random orbital, Skil:

Measuring, Marking and Layout:

• Lefty/Righty 16′ tape measure, FastCap:


• Safety glasses, 3M:

• Hearing protection with Bluetooth, ISOTunes Pro:

• Fire extinguisher:

• First aid kit:

Video Equipment and Electronics:

• DSLR camera and mic, Canon/Rode:

• Camera battery pack, Canon:

• Wireless mic, Rode:

• Mic wind muff:

• Tripod, Manfrotto:

• Mic for voiceover, Snowball:

• Backpack for laptop (modified for camera):

• Memory card, 64gb:

• Memory card waterproof case:

• Laptop, MacBook:

• Network Attached Storage, 6TB:

Other tools I use


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  1. This project gives good practice in accurate marking and cutting. It also reinforces the idea that not all layout should be done at the beginning. Using the actual parts for layout cancels out any accumulated errors. An excellent lesson, Mr. Stone!


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