DIY: a stool with 101 uses


If there’s a stool that has 101 uses, this is it. Make one as a seat, two for side tables, four to create a coffee table...

Project guide

Hard labour: 3/10

Skill level: 4/10

Time needed: ± 1 hour

Finished size: ± 450mm (H) x 350mm (W) x 350mm (D)

Do it yourself for less than R400: wood R350, wood filler and screws R45 (paint and wax excluded)

Shopping list

(for one stool)

• one 2 400 x 450mm laminated pine plank (20mm thick) cut to: four panels of 330 x 450mm (sides), one panel of 350 x 350mm (top)

• 150-grit sandpaper

• wood filler

• twenty-four 6mm x 40mm chipboard screws


• pencil

• tape measure

• tri-square

• cordless drill and 3mm drill bit

• 35mm spade bit

• jigsaw

• 102mm hole saw

• sander

Project notes

• Remember to drill pilot holes.

• Get the panels pre-cut to order at your nearest timber merchant; this will simplify your task.

Step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Measure and mark a 20mm strip along one of the long sides of a 330 x 450mm panel. Drill four evenly spaced pilot holes in the strip. Repeat with the other three side panels.

Step 2: Glue and screw the four panels to each other clockwise to form the sides of the stool.

Step 3: Mark a 20mm strip along all four sides of the 350 x 350mm top and drill pilot holes in the strips. Glue and screw the top piece on top of the sides.
Step 4: Measure and mark the ends of the slot in the seat and drill two 35mm holes with the spade bit. Join the edges of the holes with a pencil line and cut out the slot along the line.
TIP: A slot in the seat makes it easy to carry the stool.

Step 5: Measure and mark the keyhole on all four sides of the stool (see sketch below). Use the hole saw to cut the circle on the 200mm mark and complete the keyhole by cutting along the angled lines towards the circle.

To finish: Fill the screw holes with wood filler and allow to dry completely before sanding all the surfaces smooth. Paint and/or stencil the stool(s) to your liking; protect with a coat of wax.
TIP: We used our new Tuis|Home Dirty Hands Chalky Décor Paint to decorate these stools. The wood needs no priming before you paint. Once you’re done, seal with Woodoc Antique Wax for a lasting finish.

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