DIY Project Reclaimed Wood Stool

This week I was challenged by Furniture Medic to create a simple DIY project.

One a person could make in an afternoon.

One anyone could create.

One that was simple and easy and creative.

So I thought and planned and sighed and looked at the saw and the hammer and nails and measuring tape….

….and asked my brother for help.

Reclaimed Wood Stool How To Project

My brother has a workshop that would make Santa Claus seriously think about trading a sleigh and reindeer for it.

It’s full of stacks and pieces of wood from this project and that project and smells exactly like sawdust.

And to watch my brother stand in that workshop and create….

….is a thing of wonder.

Just like I talk to houses?

He talks to wood.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Stool

And his wood is so well-behaved.

He creates wood pallet letters like this and this.

And trash to treasure table tops that will make you cry and become the metaphor for all that is good and right with the world.

He’s the Plato of the carpenters.

The Robert Frost of wood working.

The Walt Whitman of his reclaimed wood generation.

At least this is how I presented the project to him when I asked for his help.

Then I chose the wood and stood back and perched on a chair in the workshop and supervised….

….with sweet tea and lots of encouragement.

And here’s how we built our DIY reclaimed wood stool (with lots of dark and moody pictures a la Lisa’s tips).

Reclaimed Wood Stool DIY Project

Reclaimed Wood Stool Parts

DIY Reclaimed Wood Stool Project

Pieces and dimensions:

Table tap:  24″ long x 6″ wide

Legs:  16″ long x 3″ wide


long pieces:  20″ long x 3 1/2″ wide

side pieces:  9 ” long x 3 1/2″ wide

Bottom rung:

20″ long x 2″ wide

9 ” long x 2″ wide

Reclaimed Wood Stool Table Top

Step 1:  Create the frame

Cut 45 degree angles on the frame pieces and miter the corners of the frame pieces (2 long and 2 short).

Glue first and then nail pieces together.

Continue until you have a frame.

(note:  our frame wasn’t exactly square, but when you put the table top on you never noticed)

Reclaimed Wood Stool DIY

Step 2:  Attach top

Place the two pieces of the top together.

Nail frame to top.

You should see this wood for the top.  He’d pulled it off an old oak pallet and the texture and patina are so beautiful.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Stool Legs

Step 3:  Attach legs

Place the legs in the four corners and glue in place and then nail.

Can you see the texture on the legs?

It’s from the original saw they used to cut wood like that.

He told me that only old wood has a pattern like that.

DIY Project How To Reclaimed Wood Stool

Step 4:  Attach the bottom rung

This was my idea.

I think I saw it in a farmhouse somewhere.

Cut 45 degree angles on the frame pieces and miter the corners of the frame pieces (2 long and 2 short).

Glue first and then nail pieces together.

Continue until you finish the bottom rung.

Step 5:  Sand stool

You could also add a light coat of polyurethane to seal it.

I didn’t.

I wanted it to age gracefully.

DIY Project Reclaimed Wood Stool

Here the DIY wood stool in all its glory.

When it was finished it took my breath away.

Its heavy and rich in wood history and has so many imperfections that it becomes a work of art.

Created by a master craftsman….

….and a supervisor with sweet tea. 🙂

A giant shout out to Furniture Medic for encouraging bloggers to create.

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  1. Image for Heather C Heather C

    So cute and functional, wish I had a brother with a workshop full of wood, I too am a good supervisor. Happy Monday

  2. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    Very nicely done. I love working with wood but have no one close that does it. My son-in-law does all kinds of things but they are several hours away. That is really nice and I love your stool. Very sturdy and love the old look of wood too.

  3. Image for Mary Mary

    VERY nicely done brother of Kari Anne!!! My Father was a finish Carpenter (as was St. Joseph) as we all know. I love to watch things being constructed. Wood is so amazing and I guess that's why I prefer old wood pieces made by hand instead of factory made things. I would use THIS piece. ! Thanks for walking us thru the process - that's the best part!

  4. Image for Linda Linda

    must be a thing about brothers. my brother used to create fabulous pieces.....he's passed away now sadly but everything he made is now a cherished treasure...enjoy him. love, Linda

  5. Image for Carol Bray Carol Bray

    Can I rent your brother for a week or two? LOL! I've given some ideas and plans to my hubby, so between he and I we'll see if anything worth sharing will come from it.

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love it!! Just think what that wood has seen -- first as a tree and then as whatever cuts of wood it became. Now your brother, the fairy godfather, has turned simple pieces into a beautiful rustic creation. Have you tried talking to it?? First I think you need to name the table and then find what room he or she would like to grace. I think it will eventually tell you. Please let us know what it says. Have a wonderful day!

  7. Image for Michele @ The Vintage Vixen Michele @ The Vintage Vixen

    What a great project!!! If I was not terrified of amputating my own wrists with a power tool I would definitely attempt it LOL!!! With all the talent amongst you and your siblings, you're like the Osmonds of DIYers. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  8. Image for Peg Peg

    How very fortunate you are to have the "Plato of carpenters" living near you! Sigh, it took my breath away, also! Do you think people with as many imperfections could be considered works of art as well? Love! : )

  9. Image for Kathie Kathie

    Most excellent collaboration and enjoyable read. Old wood deserves respect and that's evident in this creation. Thank you both for the inspiration.

  10. Image for Susan Susan

    This little stool is something quite special...not only is it all kinds of beautiful, functional, and simple, it is a symbol of your strong bond with your brother, I think! I would imagine he enjoyed every single second of your just give off the vibe that you are always a joy to be around...someone who can unfailingly elicit a smile, even from those with the darkest of hearts. I'd wager your very talented brother also shares your talent for eliciting smiles and brightening hearts. Oh, what a super-talented more ways than one! Yes, I think I would love a sweet, little stool like this one very much...but I, too, would have to take the supervisory position during the building. ;)

  11. Image for Suzanne Melton Suzanne Melton

    Just butting in here. Someone on Quora wanted to know, "What are some popular online websites with script font logos?" so I HAD to mention Thistlewood Farms! Before you click, you need to know that Quora can be as "addictive" as Pinterest. P.S. Love the stool!

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