For something a little different at the head of your dining table, stabilise two rickety saw stools then add a solid timber top.
Gather your supplies
A pair of wooden saw stools; offcuts of 250mm-wide oregon, or similar (for seat tops); batten screws; Dulux Wash & Wear Low sheen in Viagra (yellow) or colour to suit; water-based satin acrylic clear varnish; sliding bevel; safety gear; power saw; sandpaper; paintbrush
Old saw stools make great seats, but they need to be stable and the timber they’re made of must be sound. turn stools upside down and tighten loose joints by driving batten screws from legs into top and normal screws from cleats into legs.
At 550-600mm, saw stools are too tall, so you’ll need to cut legs to a suitable height. With stools still upside down, mark legs so stools will be 375mm high, then use a sliding bevel to mark in the cut on each leg, parallel to bottom of legs.
Set power saw to marked angle and cut each leg. sand stools to remove splinters and loose paint.
As stools are made out of hardwood, coat with paint, and there’s only 1 colour to use if you’re a DIYer that really wants to stand out – Dulux Viagra.
When thoroughly dry, sand through paint to show a little of original timber for a distressed look.
For seat tops, cut timber that’s about 230 x 40mm in section to suitable length. sand thoroughly to round edges and dish front and back edges, especially where legs will dangle over. screw to top of saw stools from underside.
Varnish seat tops and entire stool to create an easy-to-clean surface.