Prune your trees and use the branches and twigs to create a unique wood stool. No trees will be harmed in the process.
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This twig stool was made with dried branches pruned off a tree in our yard. Since I made this quite some time ago, I don't remember what tree they came off of. I guess that isn't really very helpful is it?
I peeled the bark off of the branches using a sharp knife. If you would like the bark off your branches, peel them first before cutting them to length.
With a saw, cut four pieces that are about 2 inches in diameter into 23 inch long lengths. These will be for the legs.
Now, cut four pieces that are between 1.5 and 2 inches around into 8 inch long pieces. These are the cross pieces for inside the legs.
Put one of these pieces in between two of the legs, 8 inches up from the bottom. Drill pilot holes and then put a 2.5 inch long screw into each side. Use another one and attach it to the legs, 5 inches down from the top.
Do the same thing for the other two legs.
Cut four more pieces of wood the same size in diameter but this time 11.5 inches long. Sit this on the top of the cross pieces you just did to attach the legs. Screw together one side and then attach it to the other set of legs. Do the top and the bottom pieces. Make sure the wood stool is sitting square and doesn't wobble.
Using four pieces, 1 inch in diameter and approximately 13 inches long, crisscross, top to bottom and attach to the inside of the legs. This will give the twig stool more stability.
When everything is all squared up, screw on a branch that is about 2 inches around and 12 inches long, 6 inches up from the bottom of the legs, on the outside. This is for a foot rest.
Use small pliable branches and attach to the legs, using small nails. Bend and twist them around to add interest. I do remember that these branches are dogwood. They have a red colored bark and bend easily.
If your wood stool is sitting nicely, move on to adding the seat. Use a 1x12 piece of pine and cut to about 14 inches long. This measurement will vary slightly depending on the diameter of the branches you used. Always check your measurements and add or subtract when necessary. Sand the top and sides of the pine board with sandpaper.
Making twig furniture is not an exact science and measurements vary.
Make sure to have a slight overhang, out from the legs, all the way around the seat. Screw this to the legs. If you don't want the screws to show, attach the seat by screwing up through the leg into the underside of the seat.
If the wood stool isn't sitting properly, after determining which leg is the culprit, sand it a bit and set it upright to check. This can be trial and error. It sometimes can be hit and miss trying to figure out which leg or legs are the problem! (For me anyways.) You know the saying "I cut it three times and it's still too short?" This may apply to excessive sanding as well!
After everything is all put together, finish with a wood stain. I used a stain called one step. This is a stain, sealer all in one. Apply a couple coats and you are finished!
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