Building a Stool for Your Workshop

The Photo below, shows the Stool, I built for my Workshop. It’s strictly utilitarian, but it’s rock solid. Construction is simplified by keeping the legs at right angles to the floor, and I have found this Stool (dimensioned as shown by Sketch further down in this post) to be very stable. Also having the legs at right angles to the floor is a plus for where floor space is limited.

The next Photo below, shows the top of the Stool, consisting of three 2 x 6′s, dimensioned as shown later in this Post, by Sketch. The three 2 x 6′s are fastened to the frame of the Stool, with #8 x 2.50″ length drywall screws (If I were building this Stool today, I would use Deck Screws. Drywall screws will sometimes snap on you, so far I have not had this problem with Deck Screws.). You can see where the screws were installed, by the 12 dark colored plugs on Stool seat. Use a combination countersink bit for #8 screws, and drill and counterbore 12 holes, for the 12 screws used to fasten the seat to the Stool frame. Buy 3/8″ diameter plugs, dab with glue, and fit them into the counterbored holes. Sand the plugs flush with the seat, an Orbital Sander will make quick work of the sanding requirement.

In the Photo below the stool is turned upside down. The two 1.50″ x 1.50″ pieces of wood shown between the legs, serve as a fastening surface for fastening down the three seat boards. Brad nails (18ga. & 2″ length) are driven thru adjacent rails and into the two 1.50″ x 1.50″ wood members (10″ in length each).

The Photo below shows the seat, and rails (horizontal wood members, butted up against bottom of three seat boards.

The Photo below shows the four stretchers, located and dimensioned as shown in Sketch below this Photo.

Commentary regarding the above Sketch:

  1. Top of seat measures 14.5″ x 14.5″
  2. The three boards making up the seat, started out life at local lumber yard as 2 x 6′s. I ripped them to the widths shown and planed them down to the 1.25″ thickness shown.
  3. The 4 rail boards (just below the seat) are 3/4″ x 2″ pine. Two of the rails are 13″ in length each and the other two rails are 14.5″ in length each.
  4. The 4 stretcher boards are 3/4″ x 2″ pine. Two of the stretchers are 13″ in length each and the other two stretchers are 14.5″ in length each.
  5. The four legs are pine and dimensioned 24″ x 1.50″ x 1.50″ for each leg.
  6. In addition to legs being fastened to rails & stretchers with brad nails (18ga. & 2″ length), four of the twelve screws fastening the seat down, are screwed down thru the seat and one screw into each of the four legs.

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