Preparing an Existing Frame
- 1). Remove all screws and hardware connecting the existing stool-top to the legs. Place screws and hardware in a plastic bag and label the bag.
- 2). Remove any upholstery or cushioning from the stool-top using a staple remover or a hammer to pull out tacks. You'll be left with only the wooden frame.
- 3). Reattach the stool-top frame to the legs, using the screws and hardware you set aside.
- 4). Paint or stain the frame as desired.
Building a Frame
- 1). Measure and mark your intended leg height on the pieces of lumber you’ve chosen for the stool legs. Measure and mark the stool-top frame boards. For a standard rectangular or square stool, you’ll need four legs and four frame pieces for the top. Apply a measuring square to ensure that all pieces come out square and the finished stool does not wobble.
- 2). Cut all pieces of wood based on your measurements, using a saw.
- 3). Drill pocket-screw guide holes at either end of all top frame pieces.
- 4). Sand all pieces of wood to a smooth finish, using 220-grit sandpaper.
- 5). Screw one top piece between two legs, with the pocket-screw guide holes facing toward what will be the interior of the stool. Use scrap board to help hold the pieces in place as you screw them together. Repeat to attach the other two legs to the opposite top piece.
- 6). Attach the two sides using your final two top pieces. Apply the measuring square to ensure 90-degree angles for a rectangular or square stool, and fully insert screws to keep the finished stool from wobbling.
- 7). Paint or stain the finished frame as desired.
Weaving the Stool Cover
- 1). Cut your weaving material into strips that are long enough to reach from one side of the stool-top to the other and wrap around, underneath and to the inside of the frame. Strip width can vary, from 1 ½ inches for a tight weave to a few inches for a bolder pattern.
- 2). Attach strips running parallel to the long side of the stool, using a tack hammer or a staple gun. Begin on the inside of the frame, so that the strip goes down, out, up and then across the top to the other side of the frame. If you’re using thick material such as leather, leave a small gap between strips to allow for weaving.
- 3). Attach the first weaving strand at one end of the short side of the stool. Begin on the inside of the frame, so that the strip goes down, out, up and then across the top. Weave in an over-under pattern until you reach the other side, and then fasten around and to the inside of the stool.
- 4). Repeat the weaving process with the remaining strands, until you reach the other side of the stool-top.