If you don't have a router, you could use an hand edge planer to round these edges.
The directions have you using a router to round the edges, but you can round the edges by sanding or with an edge planer.
The plans for these easy wood projects show this pocket hole footstool made primarily of maple with walnut contrasting stripes and walnut pocket hole plugs.
This footstool could be made from oak, walnut, cherry or other solid wood you have available.
Pocket Hole Screws Used:
Because the plan calls for maple, a hardwood, you would need to use 30 of the fine thread 1 1/4" Kreg screws. If you chose to make it from pine, which is much softer, you would use the coarse thread, 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
# of Instruction Pages: 4
We highly recommend this project for a beginner!
The only tricky parts to these plans are cutting the legs and aprons to get the 10 degree angle. This would be easiest on a table saw, but could be done, very carefully, with a circular saw or a jig saw.
To make the contrasting plugs work you need to be exact about where the pocket holes are drilled. They need to be spaced out evenly. The pocket hole plugs would need to match on the other end or the other side of each piece. Normally, with pocket hole joinery, the pocket holes do not have to be aligned or equally spaced.
This footstool, with the decorative contrast of the walnut pocket hole plugs, and the walnut stripes, will attract alot of attention! Make sure you sand it smoooth because people are going to be picking it up to run their fingers along the different colors of wood.
The directions and diagrams for making the stripe in the top are easy to understand. Each step is very doable for a beginner woodworker.
The bottom of each leg has a cutout. You will need your jig saw to make this cut. You will also use your jig saw to round the corners of your top piece.
Make It a Plain Footstool:
If you don't want the contrast as shown on these easy wood projects plans, you have two options:
use one type of hardwood with matching pocket hole plugs; or
drill all of the pocket holes on the inside of your pieces. None of them would need to be plugged!
If you have more time than money, this footstool plan could also be made from pine. You could make the top with a 1" by 10" pine board instead of edge joining the three boards as shown in the plan.
No matter what options you choose when making this footstool, you will have built a sturdy project that will be enjoyed for years!