Pocket screws serve as clamps for panel glue-up.
Inspired by a typical Shaker step stool, this version employs pocket screws to join both the side panels and the supports. To cut down on the number of rip cuts, I used three pieces of 1×6 dimensional lumber to form the side panels (1×6 actually measures 3⁄4” x 51⁄2“), so this version also ends up a bit deeper than a traditional Shaker stool – and thus a little sturdier and beefier looking.
First, use your miter saw to cut the 1×6 pieces to length for the side panels. You’ll need two each at 201⁄4“, 131⁄4” and 61⁄4“.
Now, clamp one of the 201⁄4” pieces flat to your bench (face side down), and drill holes for two pocket screws along the edge that will meet the middle piece. Place one hole 2″ from the bottom edge, the other at 11″. Repeat with the second 201⁄4” piece. Now drill each 131⁄4” piece along the edges that will meet the short pieces.