Recycled Chair Leg Stools





Introduction: Recycled Chair Leg Stools

I think old chair legs are gorgeous and I have been collecting them to make into stools.

I found a way to connect the legs to the seat that is;

  • strong
  • cheap
  • simple

It took me a while because I had lots of fails, but now I am happy with the design.

Step 1: Mark Out the Brackets and Use the Bandsaw to Cut Out

Here I have used pine, but I would recommend a hard wood.

Step 2: Cut a Stool Base From the Old Chair Seat

Step 3: Cut All Legs to the Same Size

Step 4: Pre Drill the Centre of the Brackets and the Centre of the Legs

Step 5: Glue and Screw Legs to Brackets

Step 6: Attach Legs to Base of Stool

Step 7: Sand and Apply Finish of Choice

Step 8: Finishing Options



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    Your recycled chairs look great. If it's just for decorative use I think this is an easy and fast way.

    But I doubt this is going to be strong enough for real use. With real use I mean my 150 kg neighbor can safely sit on it. Gluing cross-grain is not very strong and the screw adds almost nothing to the joint. My guess is that these chairs will break soon.

    The most common way of doing this is to turn the old legs on the lathe to a common diameter and then make the wedges much thicker (>=3cm). Then drill a hole with the diameter of the legs in the wedge and glue everything in place. After all this is how this type of chair is build from scratch.

    If you don't have a lathe you could try to drill a big hole into the end of the leg (~20 mm) and glue a round dowel as loose tenon into the hole in the leg and the wedge.

    Hi Ernstp, I made another instructable to enter in the "Epic Fail Competition" called "recycle chair leg stool fail" , in it I address some of the points you mention above.

    Thanks for the comments

    Search Pinterest for DIY chairs. It may inspire another chair idea.. Good work.

    great idea for old beat up kitchen chairs just a pity about the holes left in the lower leg by the cross members

    Yes it might be taking rustic charm just a bit far, although when separating the chair components I could saw them off and sand them flush, eliminate the holes then paint them.

    Thanks for your comment

    Awesome idea!! I will definitely give this a try

    Thank you for sharing, now I know what to do with the wooden chairs that I have been hanging on to. Very nice look!!

    Great idea. Great instructable and also the fails one. Was there a reason you didn't drill a large hole in your bracket to accept the top of the chair legs and insert a wedge?