Introduction: Hand Made FOOT STOOL

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Here are some pretty easy directions for you to make a hand made foot stool. This is a project I am planning on doing at my school with my third graders. It will be a mixed media experience that will include working with wood and tools ,as well as, fabric and sewing. 
My third graders study Northern Africa in Social Studies and I am considering doing this as a cross curricular project and have them print their own patterns on the fabric they use for their stool.

Step 1: Supplies

11.5" X 11.5" wood, (pine or knotty pine)
$ pieces of 6" (pine or poplar) 1.3/4X1.3/4 for the legs
foam 2" cut to 12" X 12"
Fabric 22" X 22"
8 long screws (I use 2.5" wood screws)
Cabots stain (or polystain, 1 step interior wood stain)
upholstery tacks (28)
  optional.......spray adhesive, wood glue

Step 2: Sanding

Sand all edges of wooden pieces

Step 3: Staining

Stain legs and table top. If you have access to an outdoor area it may be best to work outside. You can use any shade of Cabot stain or Cabot Polystain. 
Apply stain with a brush and wipe away excess with a rag. 

Step 4: Placing Legs

Measure 1" and mark on un-stained side of top

Step 5: Stained Side of Top

Flip the wood and mark off an inch border on the stained side of the wood

Step 6: Wood Glue

place the legs in the four marked off corners of the stained side of the wood and secure with wood glue.
Using wood glue helps hold the legs in place to prepare for the next step.

Step 7: Drilling

When the wood glue is dry, drill a starter hold through the top (un-stained side of wood) down into the legs.

Step 8: Screwing

Screw long screws through top and into legs. I use two screws in each leg to prevent it from spinning and getting loose.

Step 9: Fabric

turn and sew a 3/4 inch hem around all sides of fabric. I will have my kids hand stitch this as part of their project, however, if you have a sewing machine it can be machine stitched.

Step 10: Stapling Fabric

At this point I like to lightly cover one side of the foam, and, the top of the wooden surface of the stool with spray adhesive. This will help keep the foam piece from shifting.
Turn the stool over onto the middle of the fabric and begin to staple the edges to the under side of the stool.
staple two sides across from each other.

Step 11: Corners

The corners can be tricky. With the un-stapled side facing you pull up one edge and staple it in front of the leg.

Step 12:

next pull the outer edge of the fabric up and over the stapled section.

Step 13: Corner

now fold up that final edge and staple the corner. Repeat this on the other corners and finish securing with staples around the edge.

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Step 15: Tacks

Beginning on one side of your stool hammer in an upholstery tack.

Step 16: More Tacks

Now hammer another tack on each side , approx 1.5"-2" away.

Step 17: Add More Tacks

Continue to add tacks. (I think 7 on each side spaced out looks nice. ) Work your way around the base of the stool.

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Step 20: Finish

You are finished with your foot stool, sit back, relax, and put your feet up!

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    Question 1 year ago on Step 9

    How do you measure the fabric


    4 years ago

    This would work for kids and light adults, but for side to side support with only 2 small screws, the legs are very weak. Attach 4 pieces of wood under the seat and 4 more about 3 inches up from the bottom of the legs and screw the legs to all of the boards for all-directional support.

    This is really nice....some of John's woodworking skills and looks great!! must be rubbing off on you!!
    The kids will love making this...so useful


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I agree with Schmidty, a bit of padding on the top of it would make a more comfortable seat, and not add much more to the project for complexity.

    Susan Cirigliano
    Susan Cirigliano

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I agree with Schmidty as well, please read my response to Schmidth's comment!

    Susan Cirigliano
    Susan Cirigliano

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    OH MAN....I did put cushioning in it, in my supply list I mentioned 2 inch thick, 12"X12"foam pad, and in step 10 I talked about using spray adheasive to secure the foam to the top of the stool before I flip it onto the fabric to begin to attatch it, however, I forgot to insert a photo!