Free stool plans

Historically speaking, stools are one of the oldest forms of the wooden furniture, and it is known that they existed in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, though their origin is lost in time. Stools are mostly the seating furniture and their construction is very simple – with the characteristic lack of arms and back, with a single seat and one to five legs. There are few interesting historical facts about this detail: In the past, the kind of chair that someone used indicated his social status. Thus, in the medieval Europe the stools were used mostly by the ordinary people, while the most important people in the society were sitting on real chairs (a seat with back). In Africa, the stool represented the „office“of a tribal chief.

Stools are one of the simplest pieces of furniture that you can make, but it is quite fascinating that there are so many different forms of this simple assemblage. The practical value of this type of furniture is exceptionally high. Stools can be used for sitting, as a stand, to put your legs when sitting on the chair, you can step on it to reach some things on a high place or it can help a small child to reach the sink in the bathroom... One of the major advantages of the stools compared to the other furniture is that they are small and lightweight, so they can be easily moved around. In general, stools (except for some bar stools) have no back rest and they are not designed to enjoy while sitting, but for the work.

In this category, you will find a large number of the wooden stool plans. You can modify design of our stool plans to satisfy the individual taste, but you can also change their dimensions in order to adjust the stools to your needs and purpose. You can increase their ergonomics, if you round off the seating part. For the more comfortable stool, you can upholster the seat with a sponge and some nice fabric, or you can sew a pillow and put it on the seat.

Practical stool plan Stool Katarina plan Piano stool plan
Practical stool plan Stool Katarina plan Piano stool plan
Hexagon stool plan Shogun stool plan Useful stool plan
Hexagon stool plan Shogun stool plan Useful stool plan
Tripod stool plan Rustic stool plan Timber stool plan
Tripod stool plan Rustic stool plan Timber stool plan
Folding stool plan Wooden fishing folding stool  plan Dovetail wooden footstool plan
Folding stool plan Wooden folding fishing stool plan Dovetail wooden footstool plan
Camping stool plan Compact stool 2D plan Folk art stool plan
Camping stool plan Compact stool 3D model Folk art stool plan
Collapsible stool plan Kitchen stool plan Footstool with scroll saw legs plan
Collapsible stool plan Kitchen stool plan Footstool with scroll saw legs plan

If you want to make one stable and well manufactured stool, it is necessary to pay special attention to making precise parts and the woodworking joints. The construction of wooden stools is very simple. They consist of only a few parts, and the various woodworking joints are being used for their construction, so their manufacture is ideal for practicing the woodworking techniques – both individually and in woodworking schools and courses. The size of their woodworking joints is perfect for the practice. For their manufacture it is not necessary to own woodworking machines – you can also make them properly with the hand tools or power tools. One of the interesting techniques that have been used for a long time for the stools manufacture is the green woodworking technique. It involves setting already-dried legs into a still-green seat. As the seat dries and shrinks, it presses the legs on the connecting spot and the connecting joints become very firm. This technique is being used for making the simplest stools that usually have three legs (tripod stools).

There are many types of the stools:
-    Step Stools
-    Nursery Stools
-    Foot Stools
-    Folding Camp Stools
-    Bar Stools, ...

To make wooden stools you need the same knowledge as for making the furniture. Although the stools manufacture seems quite easy, you will quickly realize that making stools involves more work than you expected. Designing the stools requires solving a number of problems: the aesthetic, ergonomic and the structural. One of the interfering circumstances in designing the stools is the fact that they have to be quite small and yet firm and strong enough to withstand the weight of a man, so that sometimes it is quite difficult to balance between their design and their firmness. If you choose to design your own stool or to adjust the stool construction from our plans to your needs, remember that the dimensions should match the stool purpose.

Their usage is wide and universal, so we encourage you to make a several types and put them all over your house. For example, the step stools are ideal for kitchen, pantry and the workshop; the foot stools are ideal for the living room to put your feet on it when sitting on the chair. The folding stools are ideal for camping…

Stools can be made out from different materials, but they are mostly made out of wood and metal. And also various industrial plastic stools can be found on the market. Our stool plans are designed primarily for making stools out of wood. The stools can be built from almost any wood. For strength however, it is best to use hardwood.If you want to make a stool that will be often moved and stored, consider to make it out of some light and sturdy wood. If you plan to use the stool in the house, choose some wood type that will match with the existing wood elements in the house with its color and texture. You should pay attention to cut precise stool parts, and to do perfect final treatment – like when making any other piece of the furniture. A beautiful wood, precise manufacture, softening all the sharp edges with a file and sandpaper, perfect sanding of all the surfaces and painting it with several layers will give you one fine stool that will fit into the house interior. This stool will be not only practical part of furniture, but also a beautiful interior decoration.

Final finish is a matter of personal choice. Finish can be done with the lacquer or wax to highlight the wood figure, or you can paint it over with the color to match your interior. In many cultures around the world there is often a custom to decorate the stools with chip carving or marquetry, or to depict it with the folk motives and ornaments. This way, your work will have that personal touch.