Simple Wooden Stool - My Wife's First Project | Surprise DIY Woodworking Workshop

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Introduction: Simple Wooden Stool - My Wife's First Project | Surprise DIY Woodworking Workshop

There is one person who suffers for years from my DIY & Woodworking hobby, which takes a lot of time in the relationship and the family, and one person who is excited about the results and eager to show everyone. Both of them are actually my wife... ❤️ ️🥰

So for the occasion of our 10 years anniversary celebrations, I decided to surprise her and throw her into the water, into my hobby, and make a project together, so she would experience the thrill of creation with me.

We built this simple stool from scrap wood and some wood & paint leftovers from a previous instructable.

Before the main project, we began by a quick training, of learning (briefly) how to use some basic tools that she has never been touched... It was kind of "Couples Woodworking Workshop" / "DIY Date".

My wife was passionate about the work, and asked when will we make the next project 💪

The project is divided to 2 big phases:

  1. I started by making the top board of the stool, myself (Video #1) as a preliminary part for the full project.
  2. Later, we continued together to make the stool body, during the surprise. (Video #2)

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    Supplies

    Tools:

    • Circular saw or another saw
    • Hand saw
    • Sander - https://ali.ski/mcjGAn
    • Sanding paper
    • Drill driver
    • Measuring tape
    • Paint brush / Roller
    • Plate Joiner / Lamello Wood Biscuit Joiner (Not mandatory)

    Materials:

    • Wood board for the stool top
    • ~4*4.5cm wood profile for the stool body
    • Wood glue
    • Chalked paint or another
    • Clear protective topcoat (Varathane Satin Water-Based Interior Polyurethane)
    • Screws
    • Wet wipe
    • Wood filler

    Step 1: Phase 1 - Making the Stool Top Board

    I had a scrap oak wooden board, laying for a long time. It was a part of a 'stair cover' before.

    You can see the board original state at the 2 pictures.

    The board had 2cm thickness, but had additional frame on 2 sides, which made it look thicker - 4 cm, from the side.

    I think it's called 'stair noising' but let me call it 'frame' in this instructable :)

    I decided to use it as the stool top board. Preparing it can be seen in the ebove video, and also described in the below steps.

    Step 2: Cutting the Board

    I cut the board, so it will be shorter, since it was too long for a stool board.

    The sided I cut was without a frame before.

    The new length was 45cm.

    The final dimensions of the top board are : 45*30 cm.

    Step 3: Preparing the Board for the 3rd Side Frame Piece

    I cut 2cm from the left side, but with leaving the 2cm front frame remained protrusive, so it can be ready for connecting a left side frame.

    I started with the circular saw, and finished with a hand saw.

    Step 4: Using Plate Joiner / Lamello Wood Biscuit Joiner

    For connecting the left side frame, I used a Plate Joiner / Lamello Wood Biscuit Joiner.

    I used a Dewalt machine, which I borrowed from a friend for this mission, and I used it for the first time.

    I made sockets for 2 biscuits, on the plate left side, using the joiner machine.

    Step 5: Making the Left Side Frame Piece

    I took a 4cm piece of oak wood, for the left side frame.

    I made sockets for 2 biscuits, on the piece, using the joiner machine.

    The position of the sockets were matching to the ones on the large board, which I marked together.

    Step 6: Testing the Biscuits Position on the Board

    I put the biscuits on the board and pushed the frame piece, to check that it fits well, before glueing it.

    Step 7: Glueing the Pieces for the Biscuits Connection

    I put wood glue, on both pieces and inserted the biscuits again.

    Step 8: Connecting the Parts for Drying

    I connected both parts with the glue again, and holded it for drying with a large clamp.

    Step 9: Sanding the Prepared Top Board

    After drying, I sanded the prepared board with the 3 sides frame, using a sander machine.

    Step 10: Painting the Top Board With Clear Protective Top Coat

    Finally, I painted the board with a clear protective top coat.

    The top board is ready!

    Step 11: Starting the 'Surprise' Woodworking Workshop

    As I mentioned in the introduction, this project started as a surprise for our 10 years anniversary celebrations.

    I'm making woodworking projects myself for years, and decided to surprise my wife with her first woodworking project ever.

    I prepared some basic tools for the project, and started by teaching her shortly, how to use each tool.

    Step 12: First Time Holding a Drill....

    This is what happens when you hold a drill for the first time... You should see the video :)

    Step 13: Learning the Tools for the First Time

    I showed her a quick using of each tool - Jigsaw, Drill driver, Sander.

    We're ready to start a real simple woodworking project!

    Step 14: Phase 2 - Making the Stool Body

    I showed my wife the plans I prepared, for the furniture we were going to build. A stool.

    Step 15: Cutting the Wooded Parts for the Body

    For the body of the stool, we used some scrap pieces and leftovers of pine wood profile, which I had from previous my previous Console tableinstructableI made long time ago. The design of the stool also looks like the Console table.

    The pine wood profile was about ~4*4.5 cm.

    We started by cutting all parts of the stool body.

    • 4 parts of 38 cm for the legs
    • 4 parts of 31 cm for the legs front and back / upper and lower connectors.
    • 4 parts of 19 cm for the legs left and right / upper and lower connectors.

    Step 16: Sanding the Stool Body Parts

    We sanded the stool body parts with a Sander machine and a sanding paper.

    Step 17: Glueing and Connecting the Parts

    We used wood glue for all parts connections before putting screws.

    It assists with the strength of the build.

    Step 18: Making the Front and Back Body Sides

    We started by making 2 similar front and back pairs of legs.

    Each leg was connected to the leg connector, with 2 screws. (see positions in the picture)

    Step 19: Preparing Holes in the Front and Back Body Sides

    For each pair of legs we made on the previous step, we drilled holes, one on each arrow shown on the picture, for connecting the other parts of the left and right connectors.

    Step 20: Glueing All Parts for Final Connection

    We put wood glue on all remaining connections.

    Step 21: Final Connection of All Parts

    The front prepared pair of legs, was connected to the left and right connectors.

    Later the back prepared pair of legs, was connected to the left and right connectors from the other side.

    Step 22: Filling Screws Holes

    All screws holes were filled using a wood filler.

    After drying, it was sanded using a sanding paper.

    Step 23: Body Is Ready

    After the body was ready, we tested the top board position on the body.

    Step 24: Painting the Body Using Chalked Paint

    Like additional projects, the kids like to participate as well... They painted the stool body using chalk paint, "soothing blue" color.

    This paint was leftover from the Console table I made.

    Step 25: Making Distressed Vintage Style Look

    Using a wet wipe, I made a distressed look on the corners of the body, over the chalked paint, to give the stool a vintage look.

    Step 26: Painting the Body With Clear Protective Top Coat

    Finally, I painted the body with a clear protective top coat.

    Step 27: Connecting the Body to the Top Board

    The stool body, was connected to the top oak board, using 4 screws.

    Step 28: The Result

    This is the result.

    Total dimensions: height - 40cm, width - 45cm, depth - 30cm.

    Note: we made the stool not too deep - 30cm, due to a limit of space where it usually stands (there is a kitchen cabinet door which needs to be opened).
    If you make this instructable, I recommend making your stool deeper... maybe square size like the width of the stool - 45*45cm. It will be more stable with a larger base. Anyway, for us it being used at the kitchen on a daily basis and it's stable enough.

    You can also see the Console table which has similar colors and style.

    What do you think of the result and the 'surprise workshop'?

    If you are a woodworker pro or amateur, show this instructable to your spouse! Make a project together. It's amazing and fun! (Or make it as a surprise like I did)

    Step 29: The Videos - Part 1 & 2

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      20 Comments

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      whohmd
      whohmd

      1 year ago

      The photo of your wife posing with the drill is nice but she should have her hair tied back. Safety is very important and I've seen hair wound up in drills. ( I am a physician who practiced occupational and environmental medicine… Mostly Worker's Compensation injuries... like hair getting tangled up in a drill and burning scalps or cutting scalps, etc.)

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      itzikdiy
      itzikdiy

      Reply 1 year ago

      Indeed dangerous and unpleasant ...! Thanks for the important comment.

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      TheEncryptor
      TheEncryptor

      1 year ago

      You don't know how much I envy you right now...

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      whohmd
      whohmd

      Reply 1 year ago

      My wife is beautiful and also very handy around the house . Former Marine who can pretty much fix or do anything that needs to be done. She fixed the four-wheel-drive shifter on my Dodge pick up truck.

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      itzikdiy
      itzikdiy

      Reply 1 year ago

      Cool :)

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      itzikdiy
      itzikdiy

      Reply 1 year ago

      🙂 Try it too... 💪
      Thanks!

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      Meglymoo87
      Meglymoo87

      1 year ago

      Cute story! Good job, wifey :)

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      LarryG7
      LarryG7

      Reply 1 year ago

      I'm a conservative male about as far from the left as possible but wifey is misogynistic. Implies ownership.

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      Meglymoo87
      Meglymoo87

      Reply 1 year ago

      😂😂😂

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      itzikdiy
      itzikdiy

      Reply 1 year ago

      Thanks! 🙏🙂

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      Kink Jarfold
      Kink Jarfold

      1 year ago on Step 29

      Now that is the way to do it. Get everyone involved and make them do the work themselves. It's the only way to learn.

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      itzikdiy
      itzikdiy

      Reply 1 year ago

      At what age can children start working with an electric saw? 😉

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      Kink Jarfold
      Kink Jarfold

      Reply 1 year ago

      Each child is different. Supervision is paramount. My dad had me working with various tools as soon as I could walk, I think. If I were to take a guess, I'd say 10ish, give or take. Unless the child is a savant tool whisperer, then earlier.

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      itzikdiy
      itzikdiy

      Reply 1 year ago

      It reminds me a conversation with my 7 years old kid.
      During a project we built this month, I talked with him about safety when I worked with a miter saw. (Of course that only I worked with it)

      Me: You know, if you don't work correctly, the wood can fly on the body or face and it's very dangerous ...
      Kid: LOL
      Me: Why are you lauthing? This is not funny. Some people have been hurt by this...
      Kid: Because it's funny. If we put a cake on the saw and cut it, it will fly on the face and it's funny...
      Me: 🙄
      -----------------

      So, do you think he's ready for a saw already? 😉

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      Kink Jarfold
      Kink Jarfold

      Reply 1 year ago

      What a great story. But, no, he's not ready if that is how he thinks. He is ready to be introduced to the comedy of Soupy Sales, though.

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      whohmd
      whohmd

      Reply 1 year ago

      I'm pretty sure he was joking when he asked if his son was ready or not.

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      itzikdiy
      itzikdiy

      Reply 1 year ago

      😃👌

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      whohmd
      whohmd

      Reply 1 year ago

      My child is 12 years old and autistic, so I have to really be careful what I do around him because he wants to imitate daddy. I can't operate a drill or saw in the house with him around. He's very smart and will find a way to get to it.

      Of interesting note, 12-year-old kids can go hunting with supervision. Not all 12-year-olds are ready. But it's a minimum age. And they have to take a safety course first.

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      LarryG7
      LarryG7

      1 year ago

      Good job. Very good looking stool, useful and great reason for making it.
      My own opinion is that appliances meant for someone to stand on them should be as tip proof as possible. Standing on the edge of that stool could easily tip it since the edge is outside the perimeter of the feet. I understand it was a lot easier to make that way for a first project. For a foot stool the legs should probably be canted outward so that the feet are outside the perimeter of the stepping surface.

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      itzikdiy
      itzikdiy

      Reply 1 year ago

      First thank you, I'm glad you love the project.
      About your comment - Thank you for writing it. It's super important, and thinking of it now, sometimes if I put my feet on the edges it's not so stable.
      So the top board frame shoud have the size of the stool body.