Foot Stool 208


Oak (Chap. III., Par. 29).

4 pcs. 1 3/4"xl 3/4'xl0" S 4 S

Legs. 2 pcs. 3/4"xl 1/2"x15" S 4 S

Cross rails. 2 pcs. 3/4"x1 1/2"xl2" S 4 S

Cross rails.

Any soft wood.

2 pcs. 7/8"x2"xl5" Top cross rails.

2 pcs. 7/8"x2"xl2" Top cross rails.

2 pcs. 7/8"x5"xl4" Top.

1 pc. upholstering material 17"x21". Top cover.

1 pc. tape to match 78" long.

3 dozen tacks to match.

5 dozen carpet tacks, 8-oz.

4 castors.

Introductory Statement

A foot stool is one of the most useful and comfortable little articles of household furniture. Its variations in design are innumerable, ranging from the mere cushion or floor pillow to very heavy and elaborate cabinet work.

The stool given in this lesson is one of the standard ways of constructing a stool, seat or even a straight chair. You should therefore master its principles because you will employ them often in future work.

The upholstering presents a problem which is not particularly difficult, but calls for careful effort. On account of the great expense of leather, other upholstering materials have been devised which are much less expensive and yet very satisfactory, being both dust-proof and durable.


Problems in Furniture Making, Crawshaw. Manual Arts Press, Peoria, Ill. Mechanical Training for Common Schools, Allen. A Boy's Workshop, Cragin. Upholstering and Cabinet Making, Hodgson. Book Supply Co., Chicago.

Foot Stool

Foot Stool

Suggestions For Original Design

Introductory Statement 210

No. 1

Introductory Statement 211

No. 2

Foot Stool Specifications


Although the legs are furnished S 4 S, they will need to be planed slightly with a sharp plane set to take a very thin shaving, and finished with a sharp steel scraper (Chapter II., Paragraph 16). The ends of the legs might be cut in the miter box, and finished with a wood file. Be sure all the legs are cut exactly the same length. This piece of work is to be assembled with mortise and tenon joints (Chapter V., Paragraph 66). Measure and lay out the mortises as shown in the drawing. Examine the legs in pairs, and be sure that the mortises are all properly laid out before beginning to cut any of them, then cut them.

The Bottom Cross Rails

The cross rails should be resurfaced and finished with a steel scraper (Chapter II., Paragraph 16). Lay out the tenons exactly to fit the mortises you have cut in the legs. Saw out the tenons (Chapter II., Paragraph 14). In laying out the lengths of the cross rails, be sure the opposite sides are exactly the same length.