In this episode of Dwell Made, Jessie Uyeda of HomeMade Modern makes an upgraded version of the classic bucket stool. This sturdy concrete stool works well as seating or makes a stylish, modern side table or plant stand. This easy, DIY concrete project requires only a few basic tools.
Tropical Hardwood or Mahagony: We used a 11.25" wide by .75" thick mahogany board, but any tropical hardwood about .75" thick would work well. Ipe deckboards would be a great option.
Step 1: Lay Out the Design
I drew a template for the legs on a piece of cardboard and then used a ruler and knife to cut it out.
Step 2: Trace Onto Wood and Cut With Jigsaw
I traced the lines onto a piece of mahogany and then used my jigsaw to cut out the pieces. I used a drill to create holes at some of the corners.
I used the same template to cut two sets of legs.
Step 3: Notch the Legs
I wanted the legs to fit together, so I notched each set of legs.
Step 4: Sand the Legs
I used my orbital sander to sand the legs.
Step 5. Attach L-Brackets
I attached some L-brackets to the legs. I pre-drilled the holes so that the legs wouldn’t split.
Step 6: Mix the Concrete
I mixed 2.5 inches of Quikrete 5000 in the bottom of a five-gallon bucket. I added water until the concrete had the consistency of oatmeal.
Step 7: Vibrate or Tap the Bucket
I vibrated and tapped the bucket to get out some of the air bubbles.
Step 8: Place the Legs
I placed the legs with the ends just going into the concrete by about ¾" of an inch.
Step 9: Let the Concrete Cure, Then Remove
After letting the concrete cure for at least 48 hours, I flexed the top of the bucket in multiple directions and then pulled out the stool.
Step 10: Apply Danish Oil
I finished the legs with a coat of Danish oil.
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