How To Build A Folding Stool For Woodwork Beginners

This little campfire seat is great for any outdoor activities. It’s lightweight and you can make it in just a couple of hours. So, I made one of these about ten years ago.

This was back before I knew how to use Sketchup. So, I finally designed a proper set of plans. You can make one of these easily in a couple of hours.

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Now, let’s get started. The best thing about this project is, you’re almost certainly going to have enough scrap wood to make it with. And if you have any off the rack 1 by 2’s, these are an inch and a half wide and a 1 by 5, you don’t even need to rip the boards down.

Just cross cut them to size. This is one of the few times where I recommend cutting all of the pieces at once.

There’re only 12 pieces and 4 different sizes. Here’s all the pieces I need plus a 5/8 inch dowel. Over my drill press, I’ll drill a hole on one end of each of the long boards and the short boards.

Now, I just need to slide my stop block over, and drill a hole in the center of each of the long pieces. I cut out this board with a curve on it so that I could use it as a template to draw curves on. One end of the short ones and both ends of the long pieces.

Since that’s such a small amount that I need to cut off those corners, rather than using my band saw or jigsaw I’m just going to round them over on my disc sander. I’ll cut this dowel down into five pieces, one long one and four short ones. Now with all the pieces cut out, I can start to assemble it.

This can be a little bit tricky to visualize it spatially. So, just follow the plans carefully. First, I’ll connect one long piece with one short piece and just drive this pin in to connect them.

The other pair is connected with the long dowel. So, I’ll put one short piece and drive the dowel in. The best way I found to keep this straight is to take your middle section, the one with the long beam there, and you’ll raise these two legs up at about a 45 degree angle. Then, these are the two other legs.

The short piece goes on the outside, and this one gets raised up like that. So, you can see where this now gets pinned together this way. There’s half of this seat and this one, of course, we got to do the same way, so…flip it over.

Keep in mind that the four long pieces are the legs, and the ends without the holes are the feet. So there is the basic set up. You can see that the top piece is now all ready to fit.

Before installing the seat, you need get these cross braces in on the legs. These are those two extra pieces, glue it together and then just tack them in place. Also you have to do the same on this side, only this side, the two ends hang over. We are going to use this board just as a spacer so that it’s equal on both sides.

This cross piece has a little bit of a twist to it, and those tracks alone aren’t holding it in place. Adding a couple of clamps.

Okay, to put the top on, you have to start with these two outside pieces, and take one of these boards, and attach it, so that it’s flush with both the front and the sides.

This piece needs to go on these two inner rails. Next, we’re going to be in business. Let this dry for a little while, so that I can tweak it without any fear of these boards going out of alignment.

Finally, apply a linseed oil finish to this project. So, I hope you enjoyed this article. 

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