Kids farmhouse stools

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Project by Doobie posted 02-19-2009 11:46 PM 1584 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These stools were a Christmas present for my Aunt and Uncle. Although they currently live in a beautiful and gigantic home on a golf course, my Uncle grew up on a Kentucky dairy farm. They have carried that love of farmhouse style furniture with them throughout the years, so when I set out to make these little stools, I wanted to keep that farm utility style in mind. This felt like my first REAL woodworking project with glue-ups, lots of clamps, hand tools, contrasting woods, cutting lots of identical parts, compound miters, etc….

Our family gets together to have a big dinner every sunday night, and we have grown by six little ones (all told, so far) in recent years. To accommodate the kids, we have included a fold-out picnic table – which was fine for 4, but not for 6. So, I came up with the idea of making these stools to go along the picnic table ends. They are taller than stepstools for that reason alone, but they are pretty hefty and have made a great addition around the fireplace, and even as a support bridge for my mother after a recent foot surgery.

The legs and supports are made of poplar, and the seats are made of 2×12 construction grade lumber that I worked on for a long time with scrapers, sanders, you name it. I used walnut dowels to cover screws into the legs and that seemed to add a really nice touch to the final product. I liked including a few knots in the seats, and the use of the 2×12s to give the project a more rustic feel. I used a tinted wax for the finish. All in all, I was pleased with this project considering my limited tools and time to complete.

-- DuBose in South Carolina

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#1 posted 02-20-2009 02:41 AM

Cool stools! Very nice.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#2 posted 02-20-2009 02:53 AM

Nice sturdy stools, thanks for sharing!

-- Fred, Georgia

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#3 posted 02-20-2009 02:56 AM

Very nice. I am sure the family will make good use of those!

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#4 posted 02-20-2009 05:37 AM

Nice Lookin Stools

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 02-20-2009 05:42 AM

Nicely done. Even with the compound cuts and angles they look to sit level on the floor . . . always a victory!

-- Bob Costello

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#6 posted 02-20-2009 05:45 AM

You can’t build it too strong – they look great and will be around for quite a time. Also like the way they sit on the floor.


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#7 posted 02-20-2009 06:34 AM

Great looking stools. I’m sure the farmer at heart enjoyed them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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