Home Depot Adirondack Footstool

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Build an adirondack footstool - super easy tutorial!

Is this chair in your Home Depot???

If it is, I'm coming to visit YOU!!!

Thank you Bitter Lake Home Depot in Seattle, Washington, for inviting me to host in person next week's Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop!  I'm excited to come build with you, and hope you are able to stop by for a fun girl's night (kids and hubbies invited too!)

Of course, even if you don't live in Seattle, you can still join in on the fun!!!  At every Home Depot across the country on Thursday, June 20th, at 6:30 PM there will be a free Do-It-Herself Workshop demonstrating how to build this Adirondack Chair!!!

If you haven't already - please register so the stores know to expect you - you can register by going to www.homedepot.com/workshops and clicking on the Do-It-Herself Workshops tab.

I can't tell you how proud I was to see Brag Posts for you on the Adirondack Chair (plans here).  I spent many many hours designing, testing, then redesigning this chair.  So glad you like the Adirondack chair plans and find them easy to build!

Brag post submitted by Seth

Brag post submitted by TheWoodBuilder

And why, yes, I did make you a matching footstool plan too!!!

Yes, I'm short .... it's not the footstool  :)

The footstool is crazy easy to build!  Don't believe me?  Watch me and Ashley build this chair in this video!

Don't forget to register for the workshop - it's going to be fun!  And I'm really hoping to see lots of you in Seattle!

The footstool plans follow!  Thanks everyone!

Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List

Compound Miter Saw
Measuring Tape
Speed Square
Drill with Countersink Bit

1 - 2x4 8 feet long or stud length
1 - 1x4 @ 12 feet long
2” and 2 1/2” exterior screws

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 23 1/2” long with both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, parallel to each other, long point to short point measurement (stringers)
5 - 1x4 @ 22 1/2” (top boards)
2 - 2x4 @ 13 3/4” long with one end cut at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement (legs)

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Trim off that bottom of your stretchers like this ....

Step 2

Add the decking on top either with nails or screws

Step 3

And then just put the legs on and flip it over!

Enjoy your footstool!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Wed, 06/19/2013 - 09:26

Hi Ana!!
My name is Wendy and I am an associate for The Home Depot in Keene, New Hampshire store 3488. I am so excited about this project and can not wait to host the workshop. I have already built our chair and it is awesome! I have had so many people (associates) comment on how great it looks and that is very comfortable and sturdy. I had many different sized people test it out and it received "Thumbs Up" every time. I am a HUGE fan and have built a few of your projects for myself, I had to modify to fit my needs and they have turned out great :) I think you are wonderful! Thank you for what you do and Keep up the great work!


Sat, 07/06/2013 - 05:49

I made the two chairs the other day and will be making two more, and I'm going to make the stool next. The plans say cut 5 of the 1 x 4's , but the picture shows 6..... Just wondering.