Diy Wood Stools: Great way to start the spring.

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What you'll need:

  • 12 solid wood stumps big enough to hold one person (we used oak that was roughly 14" in diameter) 
  • Drill with a 1/4" wood drill bit
  • Plywood to create the base of the cushion (my friend Aaron had a bunch of plywood laying around that was leftover from other house projects, in all different shapes and thickness, which he then cut into 12" circles; but you can go to Home Depot and buy sheets of plywood in your desired thickness)
  • Wood saw
  • 12 2" X 1/4" lag bolts, 1/4" nuts and 12 washers 
  • 3/8" Staple gun
  • Cotton batting (we had a five pound box of cotton batting on hand that we used at our discretion)
  • 12 cuts of fabric in 14" X 14"squares (weather proof fabric is ideal)
  • Protective eye-ware  
  • Pencil
  • Drafting compass
  • Pliers or monkey wrench (for tightening nuts and washers)

Always wear your protective eye-ware when doing any sawing or cutting projects!

Take plywood and using your compass, trace a 12" circle, then cut with a wood saw.  You'll need 12 of these.

Using a drill with a 1/4" drill bit, drill center of each  piece of wood then insert lag bolt into what will be the top of seat. On the bottom, place washer on lag bolt and tighten nut securely in each wood base.

Lay out a piece of fabric face down on work bench or table. Take one of the 12" wood bases and lay so that the lag bolt is facing up.

Using the staple gun, pull fabric toward you and staple to the bottom of the wood base, leaving one small section open / un-stapled.

Take cotton batting and begin stuffing the batting into the open hole, making a cushioned seat. Once you get it to your desired thickness, lay the cushion face down and pull the open ends of fabric toward you and staple to the bottom of the base.

Repeat with all remaining cushion bases. Once they have all been assembled into cushions, take your drill and 1/4" drill bit and drill holes into the top of each wood stump. Brush off wood shards and then take each cushion and affix lag bolt-side down on top of each stump.  Voila!  And if you want, you can paint or stain each stool (before affixing the cushion, of course) with weatherized paint or stain so that you can leave these guys outside year-round.

via HaHappenings

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