YellaWood® Outdoor Building Project Plans

Build an Adirondack Footstool

Estimated Cost: $$$$


Total: 4 - 5 hours

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The final piece of our Adirondack furniture suite is this stylish and easy to build footstool. With angles and lines that mimic the other two pieces, and a gentle angle on which to rest your feet, you can relax in comfort and satisfaction after building these pieces.

With the same simple joinery techniques, coated screws and waterproof glue, this piece will also last for years of enjoyment.

Before you get started, please read our info on safety, fasteners and building tips.

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  • (1) 1 x 5 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) 1 x 4 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • 1 ¼" deck screws
  • 2" deck screws
  • Waterproof wood glue
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  • A. (2) ¾ x 3 ½ x 15"
  • B. (2) ¾ x 4 ½ x 10"
  • C. (2) ¾ x 2 x 15"
  • D. (2) ¾ x 3 x 14"
  • E. (7) ¾ x 2 x 16 ½"
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Miter saw
Miter saw
Table saw
Table saw
⅛" drill bit
⅛" drill bit
Jig saw
Jig saw
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
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  1. 1

    Cut all pieces to length and rip all slats to width according to dimensions on cut list. Lay out the feet profiles (A) according to illustration detail. You can cut the 45° angles on your miter saw using the 1 ½" mark as the beginning point for your cut. Lay out the 22 ½" angles using a speed square and cut those with a jig saw.

  2. 2

    Square a line 2 ½" up from the bottom of both legs (B). Mark the center point of the bottom edge of the legs and another down the back face of the feet. Line up the 2 ½" line flush and square with the top edge of the feet and lined up with the center points. Attach with glue and 1 ¼" screws

  3. 3

    Attach stretchers (C) to the edges of the legs with glue and 1 ¼" screws. Keep the bottom edges flush.

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  1. 4

    When both stretchers are attached to one side, attach the other foot/leg assembly in the same manner.

  2. 5

    Mark the center points along the top edges of the legs and rails (D), line up those marks and attach the rails to the legs keeping top edges flush.

  3. 6

    Set your table saw fence to a width of 1 ½" and tilt the blade to 22 1/2°. Take four slats and one by one place the bottom face against the table and rip one edge. This will leave you with a face that is still 2" wide to match the other slats, but the bottoms will follow the angles of the rails.

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  1. 7

    Attach beveled slats to both ends of the footstool with glue and 2" screws, keeping the unbeveled edge even with the end points of the rails. Be sure to drill through your slat pilot holes and into the rail edge to prevent splitting.

  2. 8

    Lay out the rest of your slats, mating the beveled slat edges with each other and filling the middle with unbeveled slats. Put ¼" spacers between each slat. Attach with glue and 2" screws.

  3. 9

    Sand all edges and surfaces smooth (the beveled edges of the two end slats will have to be sanded down to “level out” with the faces of their mating slats). Apply waterproofing finish according to manufacturer instructions.