Folding Stool




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This instructable will show you how to make a folding outdoor/camping stool. These ones were made for a local Napoleonic reenactment group, so the materials I have used are my attempt to try and be in keeping with the period. If i was making them for myself I would probably pick some nicer looking fabric.

Apologies now that i am bilingual in my measurements so you will get a mix of millimeters and inches :)

Step 1: Materials and Tools


28mm x 40mm wood (I have used reclaimed Iroko as that is what I had)

4x M8 brass dome nuts

2x 70mm long pieces of M8 studding

60-70 upholstery tacks

16"x 23" piece of material once hemmed to make the seat 14"x 21"

A talented wife to do the sewing for you

Teak oil


Saw to cut the wood to dimension (I have used a table saw and chop saw)

A plug cutter (these are best used in a pillar drill)

A drill/counter bore bit

16mm spade/forstner bit to drill dome nut recess

9mm bit for the studding hole

Wood glue



Speed square


Brush or Cloth to apply oil

Step 2: Preparing Materials

The studding was cut to length using a hacksaw. If you thread two nuts onto the studding before cutting one each side of the cut. When the studding is cut you can wind them off to clean up the cut threads.

If you are choosing to cut plugs for your screw holes you will need 8 of them

The wood is cut to length you need:

2 x 14" long

4 x 22" long

1 x 11 3/4" long

1 x 9 5/16" long (this is best measured and cut after the rest of the frame is made to a good tight fit)

You then need to drill all the holes as the plan.

Step 3: Assembly

Fix the two frames together as the plan with screws and glue.

Then plug the holes and sand everything smooth.

Fix one dome nut to the end of the studding bar and while holding the two frames together pass it through both and seat in the nut recess. Repeat on the other side and then at the internal dome nuts and tighten until the stool will still fold but isn't too loose.

Step 4: Finishing

Give all the woodwork a coat of oil (I used teak oil) and allow to soak in and dry

The fabric is then attached with a row of upholstery tack through the end hemmed edges.

Then give to chief tester to try.

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    6 Discussions

    Mondray Ficks

    2 years ago

    i love this, will defnitly try


    2 years ago

    Let's go to beach with this chair ... ♥ IT

    3 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    I think you'll need a better type of finish for that. The sand would probably stick to the oil, and the salt might ruin the wood ( I think)

    Maybe some kind of lacquer... :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    I would probably go for yacht varnish or no finish at all. Iroko is the poor mans close for boat decks (instead of teak) so holds up to the weather pretty well but will grey with the sun


    Reply 2 years ago

    We are having a proper english summer so not much chance of that :)