Friday, August 5, 2011

Stool Tute Tute!

I finally remembered to take some pictures while making a stool to share a tutorial with you.

First decide what you are using for your top.  I have been using two 2x6's, which make mine about 18x11 (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 2x4s 2 inched 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. 
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 usually 12 inches.
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

9 comments:

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  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

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

    ReplyDelete
  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.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Making this really soon! thanks!

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

    ReplyDelete
  8. What are your measurements for the bench?

    ReplyDelete

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