How to Build a Vanity Stool
Build a wooden stool for your vanity as a do-it-yourself woodworking project. A vanity stool consists of legs, seat and cross support. The stool should be made from hardwood such as maple, oak or walnut. Special details can be added to the stool such as a decorative edge at the bottom of the legs to add a more elegant touch to the design.
Place the 1-by-14-by-18-inch boards on a work surface with the 14-by-18-inch side laying flat on the work surface. These are the leg boards. Draw a concave decorative curve on one 14-inch wide end of each board. Use the flexible curve ruler to accurately transfer the curve to the second board.
Cut out the decorative curve on the band saw along the bottom of each leg board. Sand the bottom of the legs with sandpaper until it is completely smooth.
Position the 1-by-6-by-22-inch board on a work surface with the 6-by-22-inch side flat. Draw a decorative edge along one 22-inch edge of the board. Use the flexible curve ruler to make symmetrical curves along the edge. This is the cross support for the stool.
Cut out the decorative edge along the 22-inch edge of the cross support with a band saw. Sand the edge with sandpaper until it is completely smooth.
Place the legs on a work surface parallel to each other with the bottoms resting flat on the work surface approximately 22 inches apart. Place the cross support with the decorative edge facing down between the legs. The support should be centered in the 14-inch width of the legs and the top edge of the support should be flush with the top ends of the legs.
Drive three evenly spaced screws through the outside of the legs into the ends of the cross support to fasten it to the legs using a screw gun and flush trim wood screws.
Align the 1-by-14-by-24-inch board across the top ends of the legs. This is the seat. Make sure the seat is flush with the outside edges of the legs.
Drive flush trim wood screws through the top of the seat into the ends of the legs and the top edge of the cross support every 3 inches.
Apply wood putty to the screw holes with a putty knife and allow it to dry. Sand the putty flush with the surface of the wood.
Brush on a wood finish of your choice and allow it to dry prior to use.
- Add a cushion to the stool for extra comfort.
- Wear safety glasses while woodworking.
Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.
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