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garden stool

How to make a simple garden stool

This project shows how to make a strong, basic, outside stool; a very useful implement to have in any garden. More often than not, a sturdy garden stool is used for many purposes other than for just sitting on because it can easily be moved around. For example, many a stool has been used as a step to help reach higher places in the garden, or even as a temporary support to hold such things as potting containers or washing baskets while hanging out the washing.

This stool is constructed using 150x50 (2x6) and 75x50 (2x3) stock and can be built in merely a couple of hours.

You will need....
3500mm (12ft) of 150x50 (2x6) lumber
1600mm (5 1/2ft) of 75x50 (2x3) lumber 4 galvanized coach/carriage bolts 110mm (4 1/2") long
A handful of 100mm (4") galvanized nails

About the lumber
Use lumber suitable for exterior use. If the lumber is dressed (planed or seasoned), the actual thickness and width will be less than the nominal size. For example: a piece of 150x50 (2x6) stock, which is called the nominal size, may actually finish at 140x45 (1 1/2"x 5 1/2") when it has been dressed, which is the actual size. This will not make any difference to the construction of this stool.

garden stool plan
Step 1.
Cut the seat boards [D]: 2 pieces of 150x50 (2x6) stock @ 1050mm (42") long.
Cut member [C]: I piece of 150x50 (2x6) stock @ 750mm (30") long.
Cut members [B]: 2 pieces of 150x50 (2x6) stock @ 275mm (11") long. Cut back each end 10 degrees off square.
Cut the legs [A]: 4 pieces of 75x50 (2x3) stock @ 375mm (15") long. Cut back each end 10 degrees off square.

Step 2.
Bolt the legs [A] to the leg braces [B] as shown in the drawing. Ensure that the top of the legs are separated by at least 50mm (2"). See plan above.

  stool legs

Step 3.
Nail the two assembled leg [A] and leg brace [B] units to member [C] and then nail on the seat boards [D].

All finished!

Now wasn't that easy?

  stool shematics
small garden stool
User Comments Author: Les Kenny
Editor: Maree Anderson

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Hi folks,
I just wanted to say that the simple garden stool instructions couldn't have been easier. I'd been wanting a bench for my patio, and decided it would be cheapest to build one myself. A little searching turned up the plan on your website, and it was just what was needed for my skill level.
I had never done any carpentry in my 41 years, but after getting my cedar cut at my local lumber supplier and picking up a miter saw, it was a snap. Plus, my wife was very impressed!
Thanks for inspiring me and giving me the help I needed!
Bill Doyle

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