Vintage Style Three Legged Stool

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DIY 3 Legged Stool plans

Happy Friday!

I'm so honored today to get to share a project built by one of my building besties, Jaime from That's My Letter.

If you don't know Jaime, well you really should!  Check out the amazing That's My Letter Build page!

How crazy amazing are these projects? 

Jaime is a creative genius, always amazing me at what she comes up with and the level of quality and attention to detail.  Here work is true inspiration, built to last and be loved.

I love the "found" look of this little three legged stool made from 2x2s and scraps.  When Jaime asked me to draw up plans for you, I felt like the luckiest lady in the world!  Of course I said yes, and the plans follow.

But you'll want to go check out the desk behind this stool and the inspiration for this stool, so take a minute and click over to Jaime's build post right now.


See you back here for plans!

XO Ana



Dimensions shown above - this is slightly shorter than a counterheight stool


Shopping List

1 - 2x2x8 pine board 1 - 2x12 fir board scrap @ 11”l

Cut List

- 3 - 2x2 @ 21”l (both ends 10 degree miter parallel) (legs) - 3 - 2x2 @ 6”l (one end 10 degree miter, one end 30 degree miter, angle off set from each other - see diagram) (center supports) - 1 - 2x12 @ 11”l (seat)

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!


Step 1

Cut the three cross supports first. These will be a little tricky since the angles are cut on different sides of the boards, but once you get one, it will be smooth sailing from there. Drill pocket holes on underside (see next diagram) with your Kreg Jig set for 1-1/2" stock.

Step 2

Drill 1-1/2" pocket holes facing upward on the inside of your three legs. Then attach the cross support 5" up from bottom of leg on inside. Do this for all three legs. Use 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 3

Attach the three cross supports to each other on the underside, 1-1/2" in from the legs. Use 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 4

Finally attach all three legs to the stool seat with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

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.



Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:52

I'm a little confused on the 10 degree cut, as it says "miter" on the cut list and "bevel" on the diagram. Is it just a straight 10 degree bevel, or is there a 10 degree miter and 10 degree bevel?