- Miter saw
- Table saw
- 1-1/4-in. trim-head screws
- 1/2" dia. X 18" hardwood dowel
- 1x2 board
- Painter's tape
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Folding Wooden Stool Cutting List
Project step-by-step (7)
Crosscut boards to length
Follow the Cutting List to cut the lengths of all the boards and dowels with your miter saw. For the folding wooden stool seat slats (A) and braces (C), set a stop along your miter saw table to get consistent cuts. Crosscut the two inner seat slats (E) out of the 1x2 board, using the stop from the previous statement, and then rip them to 1-1/4 in. on the table saw.
Round ends into the 1x2 boards
Locate the center of the boards by marking an “X” with a combination square on the faces of the legs (B) and seat supports (D) at the ends of the boards. Gang up two boards at a time with painter’s tape and mark 3/4-in. semi-circles with a compass. Clamp the planks to the work surface and cut the arcs with a jigsaw. With the 1x2 boards still ganged together, clamp the boards to the workbench and drill 1/2-in. holes into the parts. Flip the two boards halfway through the process to reduce blowout. Make sure to double check with the tech art which sides of the boards need a hole. Next, sand the curves. Keeping them ganged together or sticking the dowel through the holes will keep the boards consistent.
Create the outer assembly
Align two of the seat supports against the larger assembly jig (H). Clamp the supports to the assembly jig. Fasten two outer seat slats (A) and one inner seat slat (E) to the seat supports by drilling pilot holes fastening with 1-1/2 in. trim head screws.
Attach the legs to the outer assembly
Remove the assembly jig (H) and align the legs (B) using the 1-1/2 in. dowels. Fasten the dowels by drilling 1-1/4 in. trim head screws into it through the seat support. Finally, measure 3 in. from the other end of the legs and fasten a brace (C) so that the bottom edge is along that 3 in. mark.
Create the inner assembly
Align and clamp the last two legs (B) with the other, smaller assembly jig (J) and fasten the other leg brace (C) to the legs 3 in. from the non-drilled ends. Then, feed the handle (F) through the seat supports and legs. Make sure the seat supports are placed such that the seat slats will be on the same side as the leg brace. Drill a 1-1/4 in. trim head screw into the dowel through the legs.
Attach the two assemblies together
Place the inner assembly into the outer assembly with the outer assembly facing down and feed the other two pivot rods into the leg holes. Fasten them on with a 1-1/4 in. trim head screws to the inner legs.
Fasten the last seat slats to the stool
Close the inner seat supports and fasten the final seat slats to those supports with pilot holes and screws. Then build another small folding stool!