Take Apart Wooden Stool!




Introduction: Take Apart Wooden Stool!

Don"t have room for a chair in your car? Too big and bulky? Problem solved! Introducing the Easy take apart stool that can fit in your trunk no problem. This stool is an easy project and design that can be translated into many other different designs for chairs, tables and more. Pretty simple to make and fun to design!

Step 1: Materials & Tools

This step isn't really exciting so I tried to make it as interesting as possible.

Here's what ya need:

Poplar ( roughly 3/4" thick)



Paint or Stain Depending.


Here's the Machines I used:

Chop Saw ( touch cutting & squaring the ends)

Plainer ( all the same width)

Jointer ( one side square)

Table Saw ( cutting to size)

Dado Blades on the Table Saw ( To get all the pockets and slots)

Band Saw ( cutting rounded edges)

Router ( Rounding all the edges)

Step 2: Pre-cutting

After you rough cut at least 13 pieces of 4" x 24" wood and 4 pieces of 4" x 30" you can start to dado the slots for the wood to fit perfectly together and cutting the legs and main seat piece on 45 degree angles.

So on two 4" x 24" and four 4" x 30" inch pieces you need to cut 45 degree angles to make a horse shoe shape, this will end up being the actually structure to the seat.

once that is all cut use a Dado blade on a table saw to cut out slightly more that a 3/4" slot and measure out on the two 4"x 24" pieces starting even with the edge of the diagonal every 3/4" of an inch. Every other will be cut out to place a part of the seat in. There should be about 10 spots to cut out. Then on the other 4"x 24" pieces I measured in 2" from each end and made a park, that is where I would line up to cut on the inside of the line.

Once all the pieces with two cut outs were done i cut the ends into a round turn so they weren't sharp.

Step 3: The Put Together

Once all the dado's were cut the top of the stool can fit roughly together. If you try to sit on it now you may find that the sharp edges are uncomfortable, so I used a router and rounded all of the edges so they were more comfortable.

I also took this opportunity to use a palm sander and sand all the pieces individually so they were nice to the touch.

Step 4: Technically Its Sittable

Technically now you can sit on the stool, but you might find that its a little weak, so you can ad some supports in between the legs but don't glue it! The point of the take apart stool is that it will fit into tiny places.

At this point you can clear finish, stain, or paint your stool! its yours forever take it where ever! Enjoy it in the park, in a dorm, or just as extra seating.

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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I love the looks! Now I have to find the time.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I love things like this but Im immediately thinking why do you need all those bum-sore slats vertically aligned? Wouldnt a simple cross bridging the side supports with a lid seat be simpler, and more comfortable? Im not a fan of 90deg angles strength-wise I much prefer to see at least some triangulation spmewhere if Im going to sit on anything (Im not exactly light as a balloon, lol!) but thanks for sharing.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    It's cool to see things like this made with regular shop tools. Thanks for sharing and welcome to the community!