How to build a no sew nailhead leather upholstered stool. Free step by step plans. This plan shows how to build with pocket holes.
1 - 2x12 @ 18 1/2" long
1 - 2x2 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2" foam pad, at least 18 1/2" x 11 1/2"
batting to cover foam pad
leather or fabric
decorative nails (available at most hobby stores)
This plan is shown built with pocket holes. To build without pocket holes, please review this plan
1 - 2x12 @ 18 1/2"
4 - 2x2 @ 27 1/2" (long point to short point, ends cut parallel at a 5 degree double bevel)
2 - 1x2 @ 8 7/8" (long point to long point, ends NOT parallel, ends cut at 5 degrees off square)
2 - 1x2 @ 14 3/8" (long point to long point, ends NOT parallel, ends cut at 5 degrees off square)
8 - 1x2 @ 1/2" - one end cut at 5 degrees off square
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!
To cut legs, set your miter saw for a five degree double bevel - meaning the saw cuts at a 5 degree angle and 5 degree bevel at the same time. Cut the end of the 2x2 off, as close as possible to the end. Then without rotating the 2x2, slide down 27 1/2" and cut. This is one leg. Simply slide the 2x2 down another 27 1/2" and cut again. This is another leg. Continue until you have all four legs.
Once you have all four legs, position as the legs would be on the stool. Mark inside corners. Trust me - once you start building, it will be difficult to judge which way the leg angles go.
As noted earlier, this plan is designed for Kreg Jig users, but if you do not own a pocket hole jig, no worries, the bench height plan has the step by step on how to put together this stool with countersunk screws.
The stretchers are a little tricky because the distance they are measured up is from the floor, not up the side of the angled leg. The best way to do this is to position legs against a flat square edge. Elevate the stretcher on perhaps a piece of 3/8" plywood. Then adjust until the distance between base and bottom of stretcher is correct. Then attach. Take your time here, being off can result in a crooked stool.
Now it will even get a little trickier because you are working with a 3D project. Just take your time and get it right.
Mark the bottom edge of the seat underside as shown in diagram and attach the seat.
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.