Basic Shop Stool


I’ve made a number of stools over the years but I like this one because it is both easy to build and super strong. If you’ve never made lap joints, this is a great first project to practice them on!

I started by gluing up some boards on their edges to make a panel for the seat.

Next, I ripped some 2x4s down into 2×2 strips, then cut all the legs to length.

Them it was just a matter of taking careful measurements and using a stack of dado blades to cut notches in the legs.

Then I cut tenons on the ends of the cross braces.

With all of the pieces prepared, assembly is a piece of cake! The lap joints are self-squaring and keep everything nice and straight while gluing.

Finally, I cut the seat down to size, sanded it smooth, and glued it to the leg assembly.

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  1. Hi Steve and thank you for your efforts to educate us who are just starting.

    I downloaded the Sketchup file for METRIC and gosh have the metric system changed! It looks just like the Imperial mesuring system with inches and stuff :-). But thanks anyway – that will be a good practice in converting between them.

  2. A Steve, this Eric Gamez from Texas. Do you have a wooden can crusher videos. Just saying cause metal might go up in price. Might just catch peoples attention. Also, any plans on Ironing Boards, and Cabinet combos. I was think about that outside my shop over beer. Heres a good catch phrase: 1. Keep on moving your notch skills up, this is Steve; see on the next video, 2. Keep your Blades, and hammers moving this is Steve etc.., 3. Remember to RAM it up a notch, this is Steve see you on the next woodworking video. Last phrase, we have your last name Ramsey=Ram a notch up. Just saying you got peoples attention to woodworking videos.


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