Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stool Tutorial!

So many of my projects start with this same basic construction.  I am reposting this because if you master this, you will be able to build many things!

First, decide what you are using for your top.  I have been using two 2x6's, which make mine about 18"x11" (these shown area little smaller--they were a special order to fit under one of the tables I had made).
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

Then cut 2 pieces of trim board or 2"x4"s 2 inches shorter than the length of your top.
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
I set these on the top and then measure what I need for the shorter side pieces.  I have not been doing mitered corners because I use trim boards and it is too thin.  I assemble the apron or frame with the nail gun.  Since I screw the legs in from both sides, this doesn't need to be solid at this point. 
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
Then cut 4 2x4s for legs, mine have varied in height, but they are usually 12 inches tall.
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
Lay frame upside down on a flat and level surface.  I screw legs in with 2 screws in the front and one 3 inch long screw from the side.
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
I paint and sand all pieces separately.  Because I use trim boards I have a very narrow space to drill through to attach the top.  I set the top pieces on there to get them in the right place and then take 1 piece off so I can see exactly where to drill.
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html
And there you have it, a simple, sturdy stool, and for me, all made from reclaimed wood!
reclaimed wood stool tutorial http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/08/stool-tute-tute.html

12 comments:

  1. I love that you girls can use tools.. They are great

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  2. Becky ~ Your stools are awesome!
    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

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  3. I too admire your "tool skills"...it's kind of a shame my hubby is so handy, too easy to cheat and have him help :) Laurel

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  4. I have been so excited for this tutorial! Thanks so much!

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  5. Beautiful! I love the stain.

    Dad made many stools and tables of natural cedar and black walnut. They are still as beautiful and sturdy as the day they were made.

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  6. Making this really soon! thanks!

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  7. How do you get your wood to look like that? It's beautiful?

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  8. What are your measurements for the bench?

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  9. I love your little stools, and they look really eady to make. Will have to give these a try. Thanks!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!

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