Having your very own jigsaw is exciting, especially in the beginning. The number of creations that could be done seems endless, and it can be difficult to decide on a single project because of the overwhelming possibilities.
If you are new to making your very own pieces of furniture to add to your home, why not start with something simple? A stool comes to mind — it is straightforward, functional, and has a design that can help you sharpen your control over straight and curved cuts.
The endeavor may seem daunting to a beginner, but there is little cause for worry. So long as the proper safety measures are taken beforehand, then all one needs to do is to follow the steps carefully.
There may be finishing touches by the end to make the furniture distinct, but we will deal with the basics first. Here, we have summarized the process for easier consumption of aspiring craftsmen and women. So, without further ado…
How Do I Create a Stool With a Jigsaw?
Time allotted: At least a day
What materials are needed to create a stool?
The stool will be created mostly using a jigsaw. There are many models with different strengths and weaknesses and would cater more to some of your specific needs, some of which we have compared previously. Besides a good jigsaw, you will also need a drill, a router, round-over bits, screws that are at least an inch, laminated sheets, sandpaper, sanding sealer, polyurethane, and wood glue.
The wood necessary for the project depends on the size of the undertaking. Besides differences in dimensions, the process for both is more or less similar. A single sheet of plywood can be made into more stools than one.
Steps in creating a stool using a jigsaw
- The first step is ripping plywood in preparation for the top and the legs. The dimensions here would depend on the size of the stool you intend to create. One can rip the material into strips of 18 inches and then 6 inches. With a screw on standby, proceed with drawing crosshairs to determine a board’s center. By putting a screw at this point, you can use that as a guide while you draw a circle around it with a 7-inch radius.
- Next in the process is cutting out other parts of the stool. Before drawing the shape of the tool on the surface of the material, choose the length of the legs. You can make at least four support blocks from the narrow material remaining. At ⅜ inches off the crosshairs, draw lines for both the notches and the leg braces.
- After completing the rough lines, you can cover the surface of the wood with laminated sheets. This is to make sure that you can cut the wood into the desired shape seamlessly and without having too much damage.
- Now, it is time to take operate the jigsaw (make sure to take the necessary precautions and preparations in using the machine, which you can also read about here). Take the jigsaw and slowly place it on the surface of the material. Adjust the speed as necessary and take time to slow it down when you are doing curves or edges for better results.
For more of the particulars, you can drill a half inch pilot hole that can be used as a guide for cutting out the round top. The notches for interlocking can have the dimensions of at least 3 inches x 2 inches.
After cutting out the legs, you can then proceed to make the wood, especially the edges, finer with the use of a router or sandpaper. Do not smoothen the top portion of the legs. Spare some material for cutting blocks taking the shape of a triangle. These will be connected to the top disc’s bottom portion through both glue and screws.
- Once you are done cutting the different parts of the stool with a jigsaw, you can go on assembling these together with the aid of both glue and screws. The blocks in the shape of triangles will go where the round top and the legs meet and the legs should be connected by way of screws.
- After putting everything in place, you can proceed with adding some finishing touches. Put ornaments as desired. In the end, it should be properly sealed to keep the furniture safe. You can have the stool applied with a sanding sealer and then coated with polyurethane.
Why should I make my own furniture when I can easily buy one from the store?
Creating furniture, and in this case, a stool is not at all necessary. But for someone looking to start the craft, then it is one way to get things rolling. Becoming involved in woodwork, like any hobby, would have you start from simpler projects before jumping to more ambitious ones.
A less daunting task such as creating a stool will also hone your skills without taking too much of your time. Any devoted craftsman or woman can attest to the satisfaction of creating something out of nothing, or in this case, scraps of wood and tools that are separate from each other and pretty much useless unless something is done with them.
The benefits also cover more than just having a new hobby and even beyond the positive psychological impacts on the creator alone. Furniture buying is not cheap; crafting your own is just one way to stick to the budget.
The canvass of products can take time, and having them delivered to your doorstep are added expenses. Moreover, even finding the piece that you like and would complement other sections of your home can be time-consuming.
You can personalize the pieces as desired, and customized furniture undeniably gives your home more character just as much as ornate products bought off the store would. Even if you focus on functionality, then your creation can be modified to fit you and your family’s specific needs.