A geometric stool inspired by Google Drive™.
Step 1: Making the Parts
- Timber: Totara - A New Zealand hard wood or what ever you have around!
- Dimensions: 40mm x 140mm x approximately 2000mm
- Gorilla grip glue
- 24 10mm dowels
- Extra wood for when you put in the vice
- 10mm spade drill bit
- Dowel markers or small nails
- Safety gear
- A drop saw
- Cordless drill
- A protractor or 30 degree angle
Cutting the wood
Legs 40mm x 140mm x 310mm (3 of these)
- To create a leg that narrows, mark 50mm down one side and 50mm across on the opposite corner and rule a line between the two points. Cut off the wedge.
- Down the outer length of the leg cut a 30 degree angle from a marked halfway point at the top with the drop saw.
Seat: 40mm x 140mm x 215mm cut on a 30 degree angle (3 of these)
- Using the protractor mark a 30 degree angle at the end of the wood (or set the drop saw to 30 degrees.
- Measure and cut one piece of the seat.
- Place that piece on the remaining length and mark the next piece to cut.
Step 2: Assembling the Seat
Sorry, I forgot to get many photos of this bit
- Assemble your three seat pieces together to check they fit more or less. The shape can be trimmed if necessary later on.
- With a pencil, mark out evenly between the pieces where the dowels will be between the seat pieces. I used 4 dowels per joint e.g. 12 dowels for the seat.
- Drill dowel holes and test the fit.
- Glue and clamp. Try to get the joints as tight as possible.
- If the outer opposite edges are not parallel, then trim to shape. Ensure the joints end at the points.
- Sand the seat.
Step 3: Fitting the Legs to the Seat
- Number each leg against the seat.
- Align the edges and trace the edge.
- Mark out the dowel holes on the seat. Either use dowel markers or small nails to align the centres. I used 4 dowels per leg joint.
- Drill the holes. Use tape on the drill to ensure you don't drill too deep.
- Test the holes. Glue and clamp
Step 4: Polyurethane or Oil the Stool
You can sand if necessary.