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Project by rusticderek posted 01-19-2014 04:18 PM 1238 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch


building stools is a fun way to create something in your woodshop quickly. from start to finish a small stool takes about two hours. the functionality of a small stool along with a rustic, tough, masculine appearance, makes this project perfect for any woodworker. and if you do any teaching or mentoring, this project uses machines and hand tools alike demonstrating to your student(s) proper woodworking techniques needed in future projects.

I start my stools with selecting a 12” wide, 3/4” thick, slab of pine. the cost at your hardware store is approximately $10. I then prep my workbench with 1 1/4” coarse thread screws, 2 1/2” long nails, tite bond wood glue, a 3/8” thick dowel, 120 grit sandpaper, and indoor/outdoor rustolium paint.

use of the drill press, chop saw, table saw, palm sander, hammer, power drill, drill and fostner bits, and a flush cut handheld saw.

the procedure starts with measuring the stool seat 11 3/4” square. cutting it to size, and edge banding it with 1 1/2” pine. pre-drill, drill, screw, glue, and then plug the holes and cut flush the excess dowel. sand smooth and set aside.

to make the 4 legs, measure 18 1/8” long pieces of 1 1/2” thick strips of pine that you rip on the table saw and cut with the chop saw. glue and screw two strips together to make one leg. once the four legs are created repeat the same process for the stretchers. they will get equally spaced from the floor and nailed to the legs all the way around, creating a square.

once assembled, sand and then apply two coats of paint. let dry, then distress of apply paste wax. and that’s all there is to it.

-- derek, texas

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 06:28 PM

great looking stools!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 03:34 AM

Fun, rewarding project! Nice job!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 04:27 PM

Cool and sturdy stools. Like the colors and vintage look. Great job!

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