Step 5: Assemble the stool

Assemble the stool
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Lay the top piece flat on a table. Using a framing square or a ruler, lightly pencil 
an X from corner to opposite corner. Measure 7 inches out from the center along each line, and make a mark; because the legs are 14 inches long, they will fit between these marks when the legs are centered under the top. Using a drill/driver fitted with a 3/32-inch bit, drill pilot holes along the lines every couple of inches; make sure not to drill beyond the 7-inch marks.

Slot the two legs together to make an X shape. You may have to hammer it down to get it tight—use a scrap of wood as a buffer between the hammer and legs.

Place the top onto the legs and center it. Transfer the location of the pilot holes, using a small nail or a pencil lead, onto the top edge of the legs. 
Then remove the top, and drill pilot holes about 1¼ inches into the legs.

Run a thin bead of wood glue along the top edge of the legs. Place the top of the stool onto the legs, and line up the pilot holes. Using a drill/driver, screw the top to the legs using 1-inch finish screws. Sink them just below the surface.

Using a putty knife, fill the screw holes with stainable putty, allow it to dry, and sand it smooth.
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • framing square
      Framing square or ruler
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamps
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 3/32- and ¼-inch drill bits
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander or sanding block
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      2-inch paintbrush
    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors

    Shopping List

    1. 3-foot piece of 1x12 oak or maple

    2. 1-inch finish screws

    3. 60-grit sandpaper

    4. 120-grit sandpaper

    5. Stainable wood glue 6. Stainable wood putty

    7. Water-based stain or latex paint

    8. Nonskid tape

    9. Nail-on furniture glides