Make A Flat-Packing Portable Stool

Need an easy-to-stash but sturdy stool for occasional guests or work spaces? Make a collapsible stool out of plywood that can be stored just about anywhere.

Lenore at the Evil Mad Scientist's blog has a way to make just such a stool. Inspired by the collapsible stools her grandfather had made, she set out to build her own:

Although my woodworking skills are nowhere near what my grandfather's were, we've been inspired by that stool to play around with making small, lightweight furniture that can be disassembled, stacked flat and tied together for easy transport. My first try was pretty wobbly, and felt like a little twist would splinter it.

A couple of revisions later, I have a reasonably sturdy stool that is held together with a nylon strap. The leg pieces are notched on the sides so that when they are stacked together, the strap on the seat piece can be used to hold all the pieces together. There are handles cut into the leg pieces as well for easy carrying.

You'll need some thin plywood, a jigsaw, and some nylon webbing to make the storage strap. Check out the link below for photographs of templates and prototypes to get ideas for your own collapsible stools.

Remaking a Portable Stool [via Make]


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