Build a Three Legged Stool

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This three legged stool is a woodworking project that you can complete in no time. Made from contrasting woods (cherry, walnut and maple in this case) it’ll be an attractive and useful addition to any room.

Skills required

You’ll need to be able to cut a perfect circle for the seat of your three legged stool. A jjg, like the one we use on the router table, helps make short work of guaranteeing your stool seat is round, not egg shaped. The legs are bored in using the drill press, drilling the holes at a ten-degree angle. Be sure that you index accurately from leg to leg so that they’re evenly spaced around the circumference of the stool.

The edge of the seat should be rounded over with a ¼” roundover bit. This can be done using a router table or hand-held router. A roundover bit is just one of many different router bit types you can use to add style to your woodworking projects.

Material requirements

The stool seat is made from 1-½” thick stock, and is cut to a 10” diameter circle. The legs are simply 1-¼” diameter dowels, cut to 14” lengths.

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Looking for more easy wood projects? Woodworkers Guild of America has you covered. Be sure to check out the wide variety of projects we have available for you.

For more information

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10 Responses to “Build a Three Legged Stool”

  1. Samuel

    It is a good project. But, I have to implement it because I don’t have the same equipment you used.

    • ezgoing

      George, why did you make some of your cuts clockwise on the router table, and others counter-clockwise?

      • WWGOA Team

        Great question. On a plunge cut where you are cutting on both sides of the cutter simultaneously, it doesn’t matter which direction you feed because you have opposing forces against the feed in each direction. Now, if you were to move the work piece after the first cut, and make a second cut that would widen the cutting path, then you would be cutting on only one surface of your work piece, and it would become critical to rotate the work piece in a direction that ensure that you were feeding against the rotation of the cutter

  2. Clyde M.

    Seems to me that the stool seat could be turned on a lathe and then the plug in the middle would not be needed.

    • WWGOA Team

      Thanks for the note. There are always many possible approaches to any woodworking project, and yes, what you described as a perfectly valid way to build this stool.

  3. Gary Cooke

    You did not show how to cut the legs at 10 degrees to line up where they hit the floor. That would have been helpful.

    • WWGOA Team

      Hello and thank you for your question. Actually the legs on this project weren’t cut at 10-degrees. They were chamfered slightly, which is shown at 12:35 in the video. (ZD: 3596)

  4. Angel Hernandez

    From were I can get the jig that you used to cut seat circle, could you privide me with a link or brand


    I went to the website listed below for Circle Perfect Tools and it appears sometime in 2017 they have gone out of business and trying to sell their business/patents. The web site is still operational with all the info regarding their products and information. Looks pretty recent, not sure if any of the products are available anymore.