Shaker Stool – Project Info

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This shaker stool is a very adaptable design that you make to fit your requirements. It uses some unique sliding dovetails that are both strong and in this design enhance the aesthetic of the stool. The scale and length of the stool can be adjusted. It is a very solid stool that can have any number of uses.

The tools you will need are:

  • No 4 Plane
  • 1″ Chisel
  • Chisel hammer
  • Tenon saw
  • Panel saw
  • Knife
  • Tape measure
  • Combination square
  • Marking gauge
  • Sliding bevel
  • Hand router
  • Spokeshave
  • *No.80 Cabinet scraper
  • *Straight card scraper
  • *Rasp/file

* = Optional

The joints used in this project:

  • Tapered sliding dovetail
  • Sliding housing dado


  1. chikamichi on 8 July 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Very interesting project!

  2. SharpPencil on 9 July 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I think the drawing is a very good idea, used in conjunction with video instruction, would be an instant visual reminder.

    I believe it is a first, if you have time Paul, would be a very good idea to use on all future builds.

    The seat appears to be more than one board joined together, did you buy it this way or make your own.

    Thanks John

    • Joseph Sellers on 9 July 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Hi @cornflowers,

      We have had the drawings, expertly drawn by Greg Merritt, for over a year. If you go back to the ‘Project Info’ page for each of the recent past projects you will find the drawing link near the the top of the text.

      We are going to continue including drawings in the future.



      • SharpPencil on 9 July 2015 at 9:36 pm

        Thank you Joseph, sorry I did not realise, will look forward to going back. Again certainly a good idea.

        Best John

  3. JONATHAN WARREN on 13 July 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I don’t see the drawing link for this project – is it on another page, or am I just being thick?

  4. JONATHAN WARREN on 13 July 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Yes, I’m being thick. A thousand apologies.

  5. wilcovkb on 1 January 2017 at 1:34 am

    Could this design be upscaled to make a say 5ft bench for a dining table? Or would it need additional legs underneath?

    • John Purser on 1 January 2017 at 4:43 am

      If you’ll watch the introductory video you’ll hear Paul say this project will scale “up to 30 or 40 feet assuming you have a 1X4 that long.” so I’m guessing it can handle 5′.

      • John Purser on 1 January 2017 at 2:47 pm


        Paul said a “1X11” not “1X4”. That bugged me all night until I went back and double checked.

        Have a great 2017!

  6. nyda on 18 February 2018 at 7:37 pm

    I have supplementary questions regarding upscaling. I am also planning a bench over 5ft long and around 18″ high to complement the trestle table nearing completion.
    A: Is increasing the width of the top to 14″ suifficent to maintain stability of the bench and
    B: At this length should the height of the rail also be increased or made of thicker material in order to improve the stiffness, however this would also raise the centre of gravity and alter stability.
    I will be using Oak.

    I would be grateful for your comments
    Geoff Taylor

    • Philip Adams on 19 February 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Paul says that all sounds fine. You don’t need to increase the width or thickness of material, but you can if you wish to.
      Sounds like a nice build. Hope it goes well.

  7. Hendrik Stok on 18 May 2020 at 4:25 pm

    i like this stool without glueing or nails.

    but, is this doable for a beginner woodworker? it looks complicated and not much room for error.

    • Izzy Berger on 21 May 2020 at 4:10 pm


      Paul says:
      It depends on your skill set. I would give it a go, use it as an exercise then if it doesn’t go well it’s not wasted.

      Kind Regards,

  8. Stephen Tyrrell on 6 October 2020 at 3:58 am

    I have a question about the timber for this project. Are the pieces each one single wide board, or several boards laminated together? If laminated, what width was used?

    Two questions…

    • Izzy Berger on 14 October 2020 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Stephen,

      The drawings and cut list for this project can be downloaded with a premium membership by clicking a link below the video.

      Kind Regards,

  9. Stephen Tyrrell on 17 October 2020 at 4:13 am

    Thanks Izzy. I am paying the subscription. It is not clear from the drawings if the pieces on the cut list are intended to be single boards, or narrower laminated boards. As it is, the widest board I can readily obtain in Brisbane Australia, is 250mm, so I will be laminating. So the more important question is how many boards would be ideal to achieve the required width?

    Kind regards
    Stephen Tyrrell

    • Izzy Berger on 28 October 2020 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Stephen,

      Paul says:
      It doesn’t matter how many boards you use, laminated last a long time so it won’t be an issue.

      Kind Regards,

  10. Jan Khmelnytsky on 14 April 2022 at 2:03 am

    This is an excellent project and one worth returning to every so often. A nice historical reference for this bench is “The Pine Furniture of Early New England” by Russell Kettell, published 1929, plate 63.
    Subtle but important differences are that Paul’s version uses slope sided bridals as opposed to standard bridals, and a tapered dovetail as opposed to a non-tapered version.

  11. Brandon Guergo on 6 May 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Do you have actual 1×11 boards over there? Here in America their actual dimensions are 0.75 x 11.25 inches… Will this be sturdy enough for my rump?


  12. Keenan Reesor on 10 August 2022 at 3:09 am

    Beautiful project! Could anyone please explain why a tapered sliding dovetail doesn’t inhibit wood expansion when joining components whose grains intersect in direction, as here? And whether the presence or absence of a stop on the dovetail matters? I would be grateful for a response, as I haven’t been able to find an answer and don’t have experience with the joint.

    • Keenan Reesor on 16 August 2022 at 9:21 pm

      Pardon—I just realized, looking at the picture of the project, that the intersecting pieces in this case will expand and contract in the same direction.

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