I’ve been doing a fair amount of home cleaning lately, and I think when it’s all over, I’d like to reward myself with one of these beautiful woven leather stools. Matt, the immensely talented craftsman behind , created this versatile little stool with simple tools and a few raw materials. I love the luxurious, pale leather, and Matt recommends using Danish oil to help bring out the rich tones of the oak and leather, allowing the woven seat to change color over time. I can’t wait to see more incredible creations from Matt and am so excited to try this out for myself! —
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A small space necessitates smaller furniture. Whether you’re creating a small grouping of tables or need a side table or bench, this little piece can be quite versatile. Typically, this design would require more elaborate joinery methods to be strong enough, but by using pocket screws, you can create a svelte, sturdy frame with ease. —
- #6 carpet or upholstery tacks
- strap material, leather or upholstery webbing
- 2 x 2 oak for legs
- 1 x 2 oak for stringers
- pocket screws
- Danish oil
- pocket-screw guide
- rags to apply finish
- tack hammer
1. Measure your leg height and mark the boards with a square. Perfectly square cuts will ensure you don’t create a wobbly bench. I cut mine at 15″. Next cut all your stringer boards. To make a rectangular bench, I cut four boards 18″ in length and four boards at 12″.
2. Drill all pocket-screw guide holes. You can find an inexpensive pocket guide at most hardware stores. I use a Kreg model. Clamp it to the board and drill all your holes.
3. After all boards are cut and drilled, sand them to a smooth finish. It’s much easier to sand now than after it’s assembled. Sanding to at least a 220 grit will give you a furniture-grade surface.
4. Now it’s time to assemble. I cut a couple 3/8″ pieces of scrap board to help position the stringers in the center of the leg pieces before attaching. I also used some scraps to uniformly space the lower stringers from the top. Now a complete side can be positioned on your work surface before driving all the screws. Assemble both complete ends, and then attach the two with your remaining stringer boards.
5. Now you have your complete frame and can apply finish. I love using Danish oil because it’s so easy to apply and has a beautiful look. Follow the instructions on the can, and make sure it’s completely dry before adding your straps.
6. I had a bunch of short leather 1 1/2-inch straps from a previous project, so it was the perfect choice for the woven top. Otherwise, you can use seat-belt webbing or upholstery straps. Cut your straps long enough to wrap completely around your boards. Using a tack hammer, attach all the long pieces first and then weave the remaining ones in and attach one by one. Because leather is such thick material, it’s necessary to have gaps between them so they can be woven. The thinner your strap material, the closer they can be woven.
7. DONE! I chose to leave the leather natural and used light, walnut-colored Danish oil, but any number of stains, finishes or waxes can be used to create yours.