Redwood Footstool

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-30-2010 01:44 AM 2285 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, so here’s the deal…........

Wife states on a Saturday evening that she would like a “simple footstool” to place under her desk at work.

Sunday morning I looked through the lumber stack and saw a nice piece of redwood begging – just BEGGING to become a footstool. Why ANY piece of lumber would want to be a footstool is beyond me, but that’s what it wanted – honest! So now I had the perfect, willing piece of lumber.

Wrote down a few dimensions and traced some curves out and came up with what you see – a VERY sturdy stool on an angle just as my wife wanted! And she was able to take it to work the next day!

Easy build overall – just a REALLY tiny table with two legs shorter than the other two. :-)

The only really tricky part of this was that I wanted a lip on the top to be able to catch the feet, but it had to be really strong so…...... it’s all one piece! Those little notches are just decoration. I used a dado blade to remove the entire top inch of wood all except that little strip. If I were to do this again I would just glue a strip in and screw it from the bottom – WAY too time consuming the way I did it.

Anyway – finished it with some clear danish oil – I really love the way redwood shines when it’s treated like this!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 01:55 AM

Nice footstool.

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 03:29 AM

Your wife had a good idea and you did a great job designing it. It makes sense. It is funny the last couple of days I have been working on designing a kid’s size stool, I also thought about making one a little higher and carving “Time Out” on the top, hehe..

Thanx for the post

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 03:36 AM

Nice footstool

-- wood crafting & classes

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 06:07 AM

Very attractice and great looking wood.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 09:06 AM

Thats one nice footstool, awesome job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 02:08 PM

Love it. I think I have some offcuts out there there are just itching to be a footstool just like it.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#7 posted 08-15-2016 06:45 PM

Redwood is super soft. If she ever wears heels = dent city. Also not slanted enough or wide enough to be comfortable. Otherwise excellent job.

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#8 posted 08-15-2016 07:43 PM


My wife’s been using this stool for over six years now with no noticeable dents or wear, and she’s the one who picked the slant and the dimensions. She still loves it. :-)

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#9 posted 08-15-2016 10:26 PM

I don’t believe you. It’s super dented.

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#10 posted 08-16-2016 12:11 AM

Yup, you got me….......... SUPER dented! ;-)

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#11 posted 08-17-2016 10:34 PM

I knew it!

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