The Creepie Stool (a traditional Scottish stool)

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Project by lethentymill posted 07-09-2008 04:42 PM 4837 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This picture shows a Creepie Stool, which is often the first project tackled by evening class students at Lethenty Mill Furniture (and, indeed, it is also popular as a distance learning project). I have seen Creepie stools made of Spruce, Scots Pine and Pitch Pine; they are usually nailed together and often crudely formed and finished but, because of the inherent strength of the design, they last and last. Creepies are always different – and that is the beauty of the vernacular tradition.

My design is more complex than most traditional creepies. It does, however, nicely cover a range of cabinet-making skills. It is a good example of a complete piece of furniture where the natural expansion and contraction of the wood is not hampered to any great extent – one of the often conflicting objectives of the aspiring furniture maker.

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture,

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#1 posted 07-09-2008 04:58 PM


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#2 posted 07-09-2008 05:13 PM

very cool stool!!!! I like it … do you have a larger picture of it…..

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#3 posted 07-09-2008 05:25 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 07-09-2008 07:52 PM

Very nice… Do they call it a Creepie stool because you can adjust your weight to allow it to “creep”?

I too would be interested in some construction details, I’m starting a stool project for my son, and I’m trying to soak up as many ideas as I can find.

Thanks for the post!

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#5 posted 07-10-2008 06:24 AM

Creepie Stool… I like the name… really cool… thanks for the post…

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#6 posted 07-10-2008 03:59 PM

I agree with your explanation of the stool. But also would like a closer image to fully understand the joinery.

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#7 posted 07-10-2008 04:16 PM

Sorry , the picture is too small for my old eyes to see any details. Maybe if you could take some pics from different angles and tell us what makes yours “more complex than a traditional creepie” . Thank you and Welcome to LJs : )

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#8 posted 07-10-2008 09:39 PM

Thanks for all the comments about the Scottish Creepie stool. I’ll try and upload some more photographs in due course. Meanwhile, a little more information about the stool project can be found at, along with a sample from the manual at I hope you find the extra details useful; I will try and post some more of the projects that we work on at Lethenty Mill soon.

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture,

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