Knockoff Plow & Hearth Elmwood Stool

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I've never designed a knockoff piece of furniture, but after I thumbed through the Holiday issue of the Plow & Hearth catalog I decided it was time! Among all of the natural fir wreaths and fireplace accessories, I spotted the "Elmwood Stool".

The Elmwood Stool by Plow & Hearth was attractive and I loved the aged wood tones, so I read more about it... extra seating, one-of-a-kind, made from 100 year old Elm wood doors, etc. Okay, but how much? $119!!! Seems a little pricey for a stool! I could make one of these and for a lot less. Check out my $9.00 version compared to the catalog version!

My version was made with inexpensive 2x4s, 2x2s and 1x4s. The legs are a little tricky as they require compound miters, but just follow my step by step instructions and I think I'll easily be able to walk you through it.

The stool was finished with a coat of light stain follow by a dark stain to resemble the aged look of the original stool. And for about $9 in materials, you could make about a dozen of these for the cost of one of the original stools!




Common Materials
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
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!

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.


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