Step 1: Build the Base

Build the Base of an Upholstered Storage Ottoman
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Cut ¾-inch birch plywood for the base, top, and bottom. Glue and clamp the four sides together to form the base box, then drill pilot holes and secure the pieces with screws. Cut 1×1 pine cleats and install them around the base's interior, ¾ inch above the bottom edge. Attach reinforcing pine blocks to each inside corner. Glue, drill, and screw the bottom piece to the cleats.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps: two at 36 inches and two at 50 inches
    • wooden yardstick
      Yardstick
    • scissors
      Scissors
    • staple gun
      Staple gun

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch birch plywood

    1x1 pine

    Batting

    Upholstery

    Wood glue

    1¼-inch drywall screws to assemble the base and attach the cleatsSpray adhesive

    9/16-inch staples to fasten the fabric

    Continuous hinge, 1½x36¾ inches

    Toy-box lid support to prevent lid from slamming shut

    5-inch coronet bun feet Get four, with mounting hardware.