This step by step diy article is about how to build a stool. Building a simple stool is an ideal project for amateurs, as you just need to make a few cuts and joint all the components together tightly. If you want to enhance the look of the chair, we recommend you to cut out the bottom of the legs in a V-shape and to round the edges of the braces. Moreover, drill pilot holes trough the components and insert screws or use a pocket hole system on the inside of the structure.
In order to build a bar stool, you needs the following:
- A - 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 10” long LEGS
- B - 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 15” long BRACES
- C - 1 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 15” long SEAT
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
- Smooth the exposed edges, by using a router with a 1/4” bit
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Building a stool
Building a wood stool is a great project for amateur builders that are not accustomed with the carpentry techniques. We have designed this stools as to make the least amount of cuts and joints. As you can see in the image,
Smart tip: You need to join the components with glue and nails. Use a spirit level and several C-clamps, to make sure the small chair will have a nice appearance.
How to build a stool
The first step of the project is to build the two legs of the stool, out of 1×8 lumber. As you can easily see in the image, you should cut the legs in a nice shape, making a small V-shape at the bottom, using a jigsaw or a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Smart tip: If you really want to build a stool with a neat appearance, we recommend you to round the edges with a router and a 1/4” bit.
After building the both legs of the stools, you should make the braces out of 1×3 lumber and lock them into place with 1 1/4” nails. As you should see in the image, we recommend you to round both ends of the braces, using a jigsaw with a sharp blade.
Smart tip: Next, align them braces and plumb the legs. Lock the components into place with two C-clamps, pre-drill several holes and insert the 1 1/4” nails or screws into place.
Afterwards, continue the project by installing the seat of the stool, as in the plans. In order to add character to your woodworking project, we recommend you to build the top component our of 1×10 lumber.
Smart tip: You could secure the seat to the frame with glue and nails, or you could drill pocket holes trough the braces and insert 1 1/4” screws from the inside to the seat.
The last step of this woodworking project is to take care of the final touches. Therefore, you should fill of the holes with a good wood filler and let the compound dry out for several hours. Afterwards, sand the wooden surface with 120-grit sandpaper, along the wood grain.
Smart tip: Apply several coats of stain to the wooden stool, to protect it from rot and to enhance its look.
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