Make a 3-Legged Stool

Make a 3-legged stool with simple materials like concrete and wood scraps to achieve chic DIY seating.

| June 2014

  • Make a 3-legged stool using a conventional builder's bucket to create a concrete seating surface.
    Photo courtesy Laurence King Publishing
  • 3-legged stools can be made in a variety of sizes to serve any purpose you need.
    Photo courtesy Laurence King Publishing
  • Stool legs will be cut from the wooden planks into 3 equally long parts.
    Illustration by Christopher Stuart
  • Clamp the legs, using a spacer, onto the wall of the bucket.
    Photo courtesy Laurence King Publishing
  • Prepare concrete mix in a separate bucket.
    Photo courtesy Laurence King Publishing
  • Fill the void in the bucket prepared with the legs.
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  • Remove the stool from your mold after the concrete has fully cured.
    Illustration by Christopher Stuart
  • Take a seat!
    Photo by Laurence King Publishing
  • “DIY Furniture 2” by Christopher Stuart features thirty new designs from leading and upcoming designer-makers.
    Cover courtesy Laurence King Publishing

Celebrate simple, modern and functional designs with DIY Furniture 2 (Laurence King Publishing, 2014). In his latest book, Christopher Stuart offers thirty new designs by leading and up-and-coming designers. Both conceptual and contemporary projects include diagrams and easy to follow instructions. In the following excerpt from the “Seating” section, learn how to make a 3-legged stool.

Purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: DIY Furniture 2.

These 3-legged stools are simple pieces that are formed by using a conventional builder’s bucket as the mold for the seating surface. Wooden scrap pieces are clamped into the bucket. Concrete is then poured into the void. Within a few hours the hardened concrete bonds in the wooden legs and the stool is ready for use.

The idea for the stools was derived from using a reversed bucket as a seat as well as often finding leftover plaster and other hardened casting materials in the bottom of a builder’s bucket after a day in the workshop. The project suggests the use of informal molds for other products (lampshades, vessels, etc.) as quick and cheap alternatives to the laborious formal mold-making process.

Make a 3-Legged Stool

You will need:

Concrete mix
Three wooden planks (approximately 40 cm)

6/25/2014 6:26:41 PM

I can't know for sure how these hold up under pressure, such as if someone were to stand on the stool or set a little off center etc. It might be a good idea to add a bit of chicken wire to the mix as in the form of a few layers of chicken wire kind of mashed into shape in the bottom of the bucket before putting the legs in place. Then when you add the concrete at the end, as in the article, you would need to shake it a little more to insure the chicken wire was really well covered by the mix. The resulting platform will withstand a lot more stress. We used to make 500 to 2000 gallon water tanks in Central America using chicken wire and concrete. The walls were only about one inch thick. They worked very well and were super strong.

6/25/2014 9:30:22 AM

Another idea for the legs is galvanized pipe with caps on one end... OR... Schedule 40 PVC pipe. I would suggest 1.5 inch diameter minimum, also with caps on one end. Alternative molds to use instead of a bucket, could be a any metal ring that you may have laying around...Example: the rim from a semi truck tire...take a piece of plywood or plastic that's bigger than the rim, lay it down on the floor of your shop/garage/barn....there's your mold.... The ideas presented in this article are, in my opinion, fantastic! this article opens up a storm of ideas for me that I can do... If you do not want the look of "plain" concrete, paint it! or decorate it to your choosing; stencils, flowers,... the ideas that can be done with this are limited only by your imagination...



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