How to Make a Chair From a Saddle
If the Lone Ranger makes your heart thump with excitement, and John Wayne is your hero, then making a chair from a saddle is a good project for you. Western-themed furniture is a good fit for log cabins, rustic homes or a man-cave in the garage or basement. Making a saddle chair is a project that can be completed by even amateur furniture builders and will add interest to your decor.
Assemble the wooden stool by turning the round seat upside down with holes facing up. Coat the bottom of each hole with wood glue. Place wooden legs into the holes. Some kits will have screws for added stability and wooden cross bars. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.
Saw the wooden log in half vertically. Each half will have a rounded hump on the outside of bark and a flat surface of wood grain. Lay the flat side of one of the log halves down on top of the bar stool. From the underneath side of the stool, insert furniture screws up through the seat and into the four corners of the log using the drill with a screwdriver tip.
Coat the top of the wooden log with a ¼-inch-thick layer of wood glue. Place the saddle over the top of the hump created by the log and press firmly. Once an hour for the next six hours, press the saddle down to make sure the underside of the saddle is in contact with the wood log and to create a tight seal between the two.
Set the stool aside and allow to set for the amount of time indicated on the glue's bottle. Different brands of wood glue vary in drying time, and local humidity can also impact the length of time glue takes to dry. Once the glue is completely dry, your stool is ready to use.
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- If the log doesn't seem stable with four screws, add more as needed to secure the log to the top of the bar stool.
- To add more stability to the seat, place a rope over the top of the saddle and secure on the bottom of the stool.
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