My goal with this project wasn’t to just build something from a single 8′ (244cm) 2×4, but to build something useful that could be sold at a high profit margin. People often ask if they can sell the projects they build using my plans. Yes! Selling things you make is a great way to earn some extra income, or even a substantial income. Of course, many hobbyists are content to make enough money to fund their woodworking addiction and buy a few new tools. So if my plans can help a little, go for it! If you would like to set up an online store, check out this week’s sponsor, Volusion for a free 14 day trial.
This is a great project for selling at craft fairs or online. It’s got a real handcrafted feel with the half-lap joints which people aren’t used to seeing elsewhere. There are no screws or nails, and you don’t even have to tell buyers that it only cost you a couple bucks to make! I would estimate this stool would sell for about $25 at a craft fair. Maybe more depending on the fair and how you modify the stool.
Start by cutting down the 2×4 into slightly over-sized pieces. These will be a lot more manageable and easier to rip to width.
2×4’s always have slightly rounded over edges. Trim these off.
Rip all the pieces to 1-1/2″ (38mm) square “rods”.
Cut the 4 upright pieces to their lengths. Cut the ends at 15º using a miter gauge.
Using a stack of dado blades, I cut notches on the ends of these boards, again at 15º,
Cut the 15º angled ends on the horizontal pieces. These angles are opposite, pointing into eachother.
Cut notches on each end, on opposite faces.
With the dado stack set back to 0º, cut a notch in the middle of the bottom boards for the cross support brace.
Glue up the two sides with yellow wood glue, interlocking the half-lap joints. Clamp these together and let dry at least an hour.
Once these are dry, cut a notch in the top edge of each side assembly.
Resaw the remaining part of the 2×4 into two pieces. You’ll only need one for the top pieces.
Glue the cross brace in place.
Tilt the table saw blade to 15º and cut bevels along one edge of two of the top boards.
Glue these into the ledges (rabbets) on the top edges of the sides.
Then cut the middle board to fit the space between.
Drill a 1″ (25mm) diameter finger hole to make carrying easier.