One of the most versatile yet inexpensive furniture is a wooden stool. Universally acknowledged, it is one of the household items that you can find anywhere in the world.
It’s a simple structure that you can make for your own use with a few wooden pieces and some skill in woodworks.
This stool comes in handy in virtually any house: from keeping an extra vase to using it to tie shoes, the list is endless. So, here’s how to make a wooden stool for mechanics.
- 1 (2-inch-thick) pine board/oak wood board
- 3 small wedges (made of scrap hardwood)
- Milk paint
- Osmo Polyx-Oil
- Brad’s nails
- Multiple varieties of saws (such as milter saw, table saw and band saw)
- Brad nailers
- Wood Glue
- Tape Measure
- Draw Knife
- Belt Sander/Round Sander
How To Make a Wooden Stool
As you know, getting yourself a rolling shop mechanic stool can be expensive, it’s better to make one. Here’s the entire process of making a wooden stool.
Step 1: Planning Out The Project:
Firstly carefully plan the project out to reduce and avoid any unnecessary complications later on. The planning also lets out the stress and makes the task much more organized and delightful later on.
In this step, here, you should lay out what materials you have and what you need to acquire. Consider opting for sustainable local wood boards that are endorsed by the local environment regulating council.
Moreover, you should also take in a note what tools are available to you, and what you can use as a replacement to the ones you don’t have in reach. Sketch out the design you’re going to use, as visualization helps. Even if it’s a simple wooden stool, in reality, when building, you’d appreciate a rough sketch that approaches the final product from different angles.
Step 2: Cutting the board:
In this step, we look into how we want to structure the stool. Typically stools are three-legged or four-legged, and they are the support for the sitting pane.
Today we will see how to construct a 4 legged stool as they are more stable. In this step, we will choose pine wood as it’s more accessible and can provide the sturdy support required.
Using a Milter saw, we have to cut the board into 4 identical 12 ⅜ quarter-inch long wooden pieces. These would be used as the legs of the stool. After that, we cut the board again with a milter saw into 4 ⅛ inch long pieces to make the joining pieces between the stool supports. Use a round sander to ensure that the final pieces are 1 ¼ inch wide each.
Step 3: Assemble and Attach:
After you are finished cutting the wooden pieces, now is the time to assemble and attach them to each other to create the structure of the stool. Good quality wood glue is enough to attach them together.
Align the wooden boards using clamps and then glue the 4 ⅛ inch wood pieces between the 12 ⅛ perpendicularly so that they can make up the bottom of the wooden stool. After the attachment, let the stool rest for at least 24 hours to have a sturdy finished product.
Step 4: Seat of The Stool:
Using a compass, you should draw a 12-inch circle to lay the foundations for the seat.
And using a pine wood board, in this case, have the final perimeter set out. After that, do another 8-inch circle using the same compass to have the perimeter for the legs of the stool. After you have identified the markings, cut out the wood with a band saw. This would give the seating area of the stool.
A digital angle gauge or a sliding t level can be used to ensure the levelness of the wood piece that was being cut. After that, drill four holes into the 8-inch perimeter when you would attach the legs of the stool.
Drawing lines before the drilling would ensure that no deadly mistakes are being made. Align the drills with the drill press so that you’re drilling in a perpendicular order, and all the holes will have the same angle.
Step 5: Finish the Legs:
After the seat is ready, now move on to the legs so that they properly fit the holes you just drilled into the seats. Firstly, sand the legs and then create a tenon that is 1-inch wide using a skew chisel on a lathe so that we can insert the leg into the seat of the stool.
The diameter of the legs should be such that it’s an exact fit into the drill holes so that the stool stands securely. Usually, tenons should be at least two-inch long so you can trim off any excess wood later on.
Step 6: Final Assembly:
Now that we have all the parts ready to go, the last part to do is the final assembly to get your own wooden stool. Glue the tenons and insert them into the drill holes in the seat. Work quickly so that the glue doesn’t dry up, and lastly, push wedges into the ends of the tenons on the legs to ensure the stability of the stool.
Step 7: Paint/ Coat:
To protect your stool from further damages and have it last longer, the final step is to either paint it or have a top coating. Usually, you can try out any waterproof coatings or paintwork according to your liking.
These are the seven steps to making a mechanic wooden stool that is versatile and goes with any functional household. Good luck.