Here is a free project to help you make several varieties of beautiful and very practical footstools adorned with scroll saw legs.

The design of these footstools dates back to the 19th century and fits into any interior dominated by wood. There is a striking balance between its true beauty and simplicity in construction made up of just a few parts: two legs, one or two stretchers and a frame and a board assembled together to form  a stool. To obtain a soft, comfortable seat, we advise you to upholster it with foam rubber and fabric.


Footstool with scroll saw legs plan
Project difficulty
Simple, requires experience
Skill level
for advanced beginners
for DIY enthusiasts
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby – Hand tools, power tools and machines
Applied woodworking joints
Round mortise and tenon joint

Seat:  433mm (17 1/16'') x 318.5mm (12 9/16''); Height:  305mm (12'')


Make legs  from a wooden board of 25mm (1'') thickness using scroll saw technique.  If you do not dispose of a board as described, you may glue up two or more thinner boards. Stretchers should be made on the lathe, whereby their appearance can be customized to your taste. Depending on which scroll saw pattern you use, the number and position of the stretchers will vary. A disadvantage of such footstools is that you can not create them in an amateur workshop, because you need to be equipped with a lathe and a scroll saw machine.


2d documentation for one version of the footstool


Assembly drawing
Footstool with scroll saw legs plan - Assembly drawing, exploded view and parts list
Part drawings
Footstool with scroll saw legs plan - Part drawings
Footstool with scroll saw legs plan - Leg pattern


Footstool leg scroll saw patterns

The plan includes 16 scroll saw patterns that can help you cut the leg parts. You can see them in the picture and download them in vector (svg) or 2D CAD (dwg and dxf) file formats.

Footstool leg scroll saw patterns

If you choose to design the leg part yourselves,  good ideas can be found at websites offering free scroll saw patterns.


Download laser cutting file formats (.svg and .dxf) - Scale 1:1, Units:mm
Download project (high resolution images)
Download 2D drawings (dwg file format)

Submitted by Ceh Jan