Working in the garden can be a rewarding experience, but it can also cause your back and knees to hurt. Joe Sherinski shows us how to build a one-legged stool (garden stool).
Working in the garden can be a rewarding experience, but it can also cause your back and knees to hurt. Hundreds of years ago, the bricklayers who made cobblestone streets came up with an ingenious way to sit low enough to get their work done without getting their knees dirty or hurting their backs. It’s a one legged stool.
Instructions for building a one-legged garden stool:
A treated finial
A treated 2X12
An 8” piece of wood to use for the leg
Nylon (or other type of suitable material) strap
Brace & Bit
Ratchet and socket
How to build a one-legged garden stool:
Cut out the seat. Since a 2X12 is 11” wide, mark a point at 5.5” and make a circle on the wood using the compass. Cut out the circle. Any sanding or finishing you do is up to you.
Cut the leg. If the post you are using is longer than 8”, cut off the extra. The total height of the stool is 12 inches, so you want the leg and rounded foot piece to equal that.
Put the bolt through the seat. Using a brace & bit, drill a hole halfway through the top of the seat. The hole should be wide enough to accommodate the washer. Once you have the hole drilled halfway through the seat, drill the rest of the hole, only large enough to accommodate the bolt. Place the washer and bolt through the seat.
Drill pilot holes in the leg. On the top and bottom of the leg, drill holes in the center to accommodate the bolt running through the seat and the screw coming out of the finial.
Put the pieces together. Apply wood glue to the top surface of the leg. Place the seat on top of the leg and use a ratchet to tighten down the bolt. Now apply glue to the bottom surface and screw the finial into place.
Fill in the hole. Fill in the hole on the top of the seat with wood filler.
Attach the strap. Make a loop out of nylon or any other sturdy material and attach it to the underside of the seat using a small wood screw, nail, or staple. This will provide you with a way to carry your stool as well as a way to hang it in your workshop or garage when you are finished with it for the day.
If you (or someone you know) are good at woodworking, you can make the leg of your stool more decorative. Just remember that the bottom of the leg should be rounded to allow you to lean in any direction.
Segment #5746 from “Michael Holigan’s Your New House” Home Improvement TV Show