EP. 69 Wooden stool with woven paracord seat

This project was a ton of fun! I've never done a project with Paracord before this one, but it was a lot easier than I expected. I'll have measurements and references for everything you'll need below.


1" Thick Maple Board

Paracord: (I used Black): http://amzn.to/2gMJogU

A couple other colors I think would look nice:

Sage Green: http://amzn.to/2tJAWQG

Tan: http://amzn.to/2vm1nOr

Asphalt Grey: http://amzn.to/2ubx7FM



I started by drawing my cutting template. Use the reference material above to make your own! A

Next, I used my bandsaw to cut my pieces out. After I cut one of each piece, I used those to make duplicates


I cut close the lines, but sanded right to the line. I used a spindle sander and a disk sander, but you could always do this with a hand sander, it'll just take a little extra elbow grease.

Once I had all my pieces, I made my marks for my cutouts. Refer to the measurements at the top of the article.

I used a drillpress to make the rough cutouts... you could use a jigsaw, scroll saw, or even a normal old drill.

It took a little while, but I used a rasp to smooth out the cutouts, then I rounded the corners with sand paper and a round file.


Obviously it's not necessary, but these right angle clamps from Rockler made screwing the seat together a lot easier. I recessed the screws so that I could plug the holes with dowels.


I cut one leg, then used that to make three more.

The leg assembly needed a little extra support, so I made a lap joint on my bandsaw that fits a stretcher.

I used pocket screws and glue to attach the top of the legs to the cross support.


Then I glued my stetcher in. Make sure everything is clamped a square as possible!

I applied a coat of boiled linseed oil for a quick finish.


Making the paracord seat wasn't too tough.. I hope I explain it well enough here.

I started by making a trucker's hitch and feeding the paracord through it. Then, I just looped it over and over until the full cutout was looped.

At the end of each section, I used a double hitch knot.

I attached the seat to the leg assembly with wood glue and three screws on each side: one in each leg and one in the necter support.

Thanks for looking, if there's anything else I can help with either contact me through email or instagram DM (for a quicker response) @modernbuilds