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Outdoor stool: Simple, modern wood working project for our deck!

Oct 30 2017 -
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How to build a simple outdoor stool for your deck or backyard! With the completion of my barn door table for our deck I’ve been needing to build something to sit on for the table ends. The sides easily sit three at a time on the workshop benches my grandparents’ left me but this summer we were hauling out our dining room chairs to use besides. With my deck build projects done (our bench, sun loungers and end tables) I had just enough green treated lumber to address my seating problem too.

How to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourselfHow to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourselfHow to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourself

I decided on stools because I also actually wanted them to double as foot rests for when we’re lounging on our bench. The spool is awesome over there by our bench but only for two or three people lol, no one else gets a spot for their feet or their drinks! So, I thought this would be a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

How to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourselfHow to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourself

How simple is this outdoor stool though? There are nine boards all together, four of them cut at 18″ (the legs), three of them cut at 16″ (the seat) and two 2x2s cut at 12″ (for support). Notice I spaced the legs out a little, giving more wood for the two outside boards to sit on them then the center board. (I figured with the way people sit, the outside boards would be under more stress then the center seat board.) Then I added the 2×2 in the crook between the seat and the legs on the inside – I cut it to be less then the full depth of the seat so it would hide a bit. I ran screws from both the legs into it and through the seat boards into the 2×2 as well.

How to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourself

Anyone could make this little outdoor stool and it is surprisingly comfortable and it also makes a great plant stand. Goodness sakes am I done with this deck yet?! Nope, not quite! Just a little ways to go before I can finally reveal it here on the blog, stay tuned for our deck rails and deck gates projects!

How to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourselfHow to build an outdoor stool for your backyard or deck, modern and easy how to out of green treated lumber, foot rest, wood working, diy, do it yourself

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12 Comments

  1. November 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I like the simplicity of this project and the fact that it will hold up to the weather. I can even see using them in the house.

    • November 1, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks so much Debra, I was thinking the same thing actually, considering making a couple for inside too!

  2. Jann Olson
    November 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    You are so handy! Very cute stool. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  3. November 5, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Very cute bench and the simplicity makes even better!! Great job with this

  4. November 6, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Tarah, looking forward to seeing the big reveal! Glad I didn’t miss it. Your deck is really shaping up, & the fact that you did it yourselves! That’s pretty impressive in itself.

    • November 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks so much Florence! I was quite relieved to finally get it all done!

  5. November 7, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Love this, and it can be a seat or a stand for plants? Love that! Pinned!

    • November 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you Sheri, I find its a great foot stool too!

  6. November 16, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Hi, you shared such a creative blog with us. I like this outdoor stool and decided to put this in my backyard with flowers as a decorative piece. Really, you shared an easy way to make it. Thanks!

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