This flip seat is a favorite for kids because it has a low seat, a high seat, can be pushed around and used as a table. This project can be made from scraps or from discount boards (cheap project!) and has only straight cuts that can be done with a hand saw or chop saw. It can easily be adapted for bigger kids.
(1) 1×10 4′ sides and seat
(1) 1×8 14″ back
(1) 1×6 14″ back
1 3/4″ screws
(2) 1×10 13 3/4″ (may be slightly less than this–mine was 13 11/16″. Measure boards together and cut at that measurement so that it will be flush)
(1) 1×10 14″
(1) 1×8 14″
(1) 1×6 14″
You will use the 1×10’s to make an I shape (the center will be off center). Make sure that the width of the 1×6+1×8+the 3/4″ of the seat board is the same as the boards that make up the sides.
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Use one of the boards to lightly draw and determine the “T” space where you will drill the holes. Mark and drill, with a countersink bit, evenly spaced holes on both sides. Use clamps/corner clamps/glue and screws to put it together. Make sure the edges are all flush so that it doesn’t turn into a rocking chair 😉
I just used glue on the part where the backs meet the seat so I had less holes to fill. If you really love wood filler and sanding, go ahead and do some kreg jig holes to attach it in the back.
Sand down the project and round the corners and edges to make it more kid friendly. Fill in the countersink holes and do some more sanding. Finish as desired-I used no VOC paint and non-toxic shellac on the one I made for my son (in case he decided to chew on it). Beware, it may be used by curious toddlers to empty the Brita pitcher!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.