Shop Stool

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Project by Steve posted 03-25-2016 02:38 PM 1889 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a shop stool that is sturdy enough for a man who’s married to a great cook. I went to several stores and tried many different stools, but they were either uncomfortable, or too wobbly, or both. So I decided to make this heavy duty stool out of some 1-3/4” Southern Yellow Pine I had leftover from a guitar project.

The construction of the stool was pretty straight-forward. I assembled it with glue and 3-1/2” Spax Powerlag hex head screws. Since the cross-braces were in-line with each other, I had to stagger the screws by 1/4” so they would not run into each other inside the wood. I painted the screw heads black to match the seat and I really like how they look workshop-ish. The legs have a slight taper cut on the two inner surfaces at the bottom.

Since each cross brace only has one screw on each side, the glue helps to keep the brace from spinning on the screw. Also, I drilled holes in the legs that allow the screws to pass through without the threads grabbing. This way the screw will draw the brace tight against the legs when the threads grab the brace.

I topped it off with 3” thick foam from Hobby Lobby and some black denim fabric. I learned how to do screen printing in the 7th grade, so I was able to customize the stool with my logo. I love how it turned out and it’s heavy and solid like I wanted. It would make a great bar stool too!

Click here to watch my video of this project.

Click here for my website article including more info, pictures, and the PDF plan.

Click here for my detailed video tutorial on screen printing. It is a simple process that costs about $60 to get started. There is a list of supplies in the YouTube video description.

Thanks for checking out my shop stool project. I really appreciate it and I’ll be posting another project soon. Steve…

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#1 posted 03-25-2016 02:49 PM

Nice stool. It doesn’t matter what you’re talking about, but saying that just never seems right! I think I may have to add this to my “to do” list.

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#2 posted 03-25-2016 03:34 PM

Looks great.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#3 posted 03-25-2016 03:51 PM

Really enjoyed the video. Nice stool. I subscribed to your channel.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 03-25-2016 04:29 PM

Hey Steve! Very appropriate that you used butt joints for this stool.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 03-25-2016 05:17 PM

Awesome looking stool

-- "The Cedar King"

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#6 posted 03-25-2016 09:00 PM

Love that stool.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 03-25-2016 10:55 PM

A great stool. I may have to make one like it to support my … presence. :)

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#8 posted 03-26-2016 12:41 AM


I’m going to favorite this and make one in my future!

-- Putty

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#9 posted 03-26-2016 05:51 AM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 03-26-2016 01:42 PM


-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#11 posted 03-26-2016 02:20 PM

This is a fine stool, a very hansom stool. It’s simple and elegant and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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