I basically made these stools and benches like the one board project stool I made a couple of months ago. I let the size of the boards determine the size of the stool/bench.
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Do you remember these boards I picked up at Vendors' Village? They were perfect for some of these stools and benches.
In addition I have a lot of leftover scrap pieces of 1x8’s. You can see them on the top shelf. This is an old picture, but they were still hanging out there 3 years later.
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Easy One Board Stools assembled using pocket holes
The difference in these stools and the one board project stool is the way I attached the legs to the top. I used screws on the original project, but to make these stools/benches go faster I used my Kreg Jig and pocket hole screws.
I sort of worked in an assembly line cutting all the boards, then drilling them, finally putting them all together.
Wood screws and Gorilla wood glue are the best option to secure the middle brace.
Along with using those 1x8 scrap pieces, I also used some odds and end scrap pieces of 2x6’s. Basically the size of the small benches were determined by the length of my boards. I’m a use what cha got kinda girl.
Assorted Painting Options
I whitewashed the 2x8 stools/benches much like I did the original one board project stool. The legs on these stools are about 8 ¼”, which makes them almost 10” off the ground.
See complete directions for cutting these stools in my post One Board Project Stool
I painted a gray primer coat on all of the 1x stools. I’m preparing to paint the one in the foreground.
One Board Stools-All Shapes, Sizes and Colors
The whitewashed stools are on the left, with a rough sawn board bench on top. I used the rough sawn boards years ago when I built this shutter bookshelf. I really love how the paint took to the rough wood.
TIP! Whitewash the stools with thinned down latex paint. If your coverage is too heavy, use the hose to remove some of the paint.
NOTE: you can see how I secured the screw through the leg into the middle brace on that bench. (top left)
I used one of Angie’s Stencils for this small green stool made out of 1x’s.
On this stool, I used a binder sheet to print a reversed image, then rubbed it on the stool.
A fleur-de-lis stencil was used on this whitewashed easy step stool.
These are the stools/benches I made with 1x boards.
And these are the ones I made using 2x lumber.
This is the fleur-de-lis stenciled stool, I really thought it would sell.
Now they are in my booth at Vendors’ Village ready to go to a new home.
I did keep my original stool for my own personal use. I really love how versatile these stools and benches are!