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leather diy stoolLeather furniture can turn any space in to something special. With this do-it-yourself leather fabric stool, you can create a unique piece of furniture that is very versatile for small spaces or just something to provide extra seating.

To make a stool of your own, you will need:
• #6 carpet or upholstery tacks
• Strap material, leather or upholstery webbing
• 2×2 oak (for the legs)
• 1×2 oak (for the stringers)
• Pocket screws
• Danish oil
• Pocket-screw guide
• Drill
• Saw
• Square
• Sandpaper
• Rags (to apply the finish)
• Tack hammer

diy leather stoolFirst, measure your leg height. Mark the boards with a square. It is essential to have exact, perfect square cuts. Otherwise you will have a wobbly, rocking stool on your hands.

Next, cut your stringer boards. If you want a rectangular stool, some ideal measurements would be 18 inches in length with four boards that are 12 inches. But the great thing about making your own furniture is that you can make it any size you want.

The next step is to drill all the pocket-screw guide holes. Clamp the guide to the board and drill all your holes.

Once the boards are cut and drilled, sand each one until it has a smooth finish. You will have an easier time sanding it now rather than when it is put together. Making sure to sand well; no one wants to get a sliver later!

To help with the assembly of the stool, cut 3/8 inch pieces of scrap board to position the stringers in the center of the leg pieces. Assemble the two complete ends. Attach them with the remaining stringer boards.

This completes the assembly of the frame. Now it is time to apply the finish. Danish oil is an easier finish to apply and the end result is very pretty. Just make sure to follow the additional instructions on the can. Also, make sure everything is completely dry before you put on the straps.

Using seat-belt webbing or upholstery straps, cut straps that will be long enough to completely wrap around your boards. The straps can be as wide as you choose depending on what look you want. Straps cut to 1 ½ inches work fairly well but it’s your choice. The thinner your straps, the closer they can be woven.

how to leather stoolAttach the longer straps first using the tack hammer. With the shorter pieces, weave them through and attach with the tack hammer.

You now have the option of leaving the leather color alone or adding a stain, finish, or wax to give it an entirely different look.

And now your faux leather fabric stool is finished! The great thing about this project is that there are so many different options to create a one of a kind look. You can switch up the type of wood you use or you can use different material to weave in to the seat. The options are endless but the end product is the same: you have an amazing new piece of furniture that you can proudly say you made yourself.


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