If you’re anything like us, you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the very last minute and not even Amazon Prime can save you now (mainly because you’re not even a member).
In desperate times like this, homemade gifts – like this DIY hairpin leg stool – are the perfect saviour, cleverly disguising your disorganised approach to Christmas with a lovingly crafted piece of your own handiwork.
This can be pretty much anything, from a natural log slice to an old chopping board. If the stool top needs treating, check out how to prepare and preserve wood in last month's blog.
We used our 2 rod, 16" black, powder-coat legs.
We used 3/4 inch, No.10 wood screws.
Once your arsenal is assembled, all that’s left to make your DIY hairpin leg stool is an easy three-step process.
To position your legs, you need to hark back to your GCSE maths days and use a compass and pencil to mark an equilateral triangle inside the circle.
Start by marking out the diameter. Then use your compass to plot out the other two vertices, as described in the diagrams and video above. You'll end up with what looks like a massive peace sign.
We recommend making a pilot hole with a drill, to help guide the screw. This is particularly important if the wood is very hard, as it helps prevent it from cracking.
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Here's one we made earlier, available to buy through our website.