By John McGilvrayMore in Outdoors
Cut a 2x4 to 11-1/2” for the four legs. Make a full 3-1/2" radius cut on one end of each leg. To make the cut, measure 1-3/4" down the length of the 2x4 and draw a line across it. Place a compass point centered on that line then draw the arc. Use a jigsaw to make the cut.
Turn the box upside down; lay a leg parallel, flush up against one of the top corners with the radius side in the corner. Clamp into place.
From the inside of the box, make a mark in the center of the 2x4 vertically inside the radius. Drill a 1/2-inch hole through the side of the box and through the support leg.
Install the carriage bolt through both holes and attach with a washer and a wing nut. Check for operation; see if the legs can fold up and down inside of the platform. You may have to adjust the radius top if it is contacting anywhere, use a sander to do this. Repeat the process for the other legs.
To cut the angle on bottom of the leg, turn the box right-side up and set it on a worktable with the legs tucked under. Place a block (or anything that will hold it up) under the box so that the back of the platform is 12 inches off the tabletop. Slide the box to the edge of the table, pull down the leg closest to the edge so that it hangs just over the edge. Using the tabletop as a guide, draw a straight line across the bottom of the 2x4. Repeat for the opposite side. Cut the ends off using a circular saw.
To find the center point of the hole, make a mark 9 inches down from the top and 12 inches in from each side.
Use a compass to mark a 6-inch diameter circle around the spot that you marked.
Pre-drill a hole along the edge of the circle large enough to accept the jigsaw blade and cut out the circle.
Sand the entire board and around all edges including inside the circle. Putty all screw holes.
Prime the entire box, when primer dries re-sand entire box. Wipe clean with light damp cloth, Paint with high-gloss paint. We included a common pattern on our platform. We did a pyramid shape ending at the hole, to do this, stretch blue painter's tape in the shape you want and paint the desired area.
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