How to Make a Milking Stool

Written by amy kingston
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Cows' milk has been used for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, dairy products were an expensive luxury that only royalty, wealthy citizens and priests could afford. Cows were milked by hand, and farmers used a milking stool to avoid kneeling or bending while they were milking a cow. Milking stools are traditionally made of wood and have three legs. They are fairly simple to construct for even a novice woodworker.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 ½-inch thick lumber
  • Thumbtack
  • String
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Bandsaw
  • Narrow blade
  • Safety goggles
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • T-bevel
  • Protractor
  • Drill
  • 7/8-inch drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Hand saw
  • Coarse-grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Rubber mallet
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Place a piece of 1 ½-inch thick lumber on a flat surface. Use a thumbtack to secure an 8 ¾-inch long string to the centre of the lumber. Tape the end of the string to a pencil. Hold the pencil so that it pulls the string tight. Draw a circle around the centre of the board with the pencil. Keep the string tight to draw a perfect circle.

  2. 2

    Cut out the circle with a bandsaw. Use a narrow blade and wear safety goggles. Place the wood on the bandsaw table and slowly push the wood towards the blade. Cut away thin strips on the outside of the circle. Continue cutting until you reach the line you have drawn and carefully turn the wood to cut along the line until you have all excess cut away. Sand with fine-grit sandpaper to round off the edges of the circle. This will be the seat.

  3. 3

    Bore three evenly spaced holes on the underside of the seat 2 inches from the outer edge. Turn the wing nut or screw on a T-bevel. Place a protractor on the T-bevel and set it to a 45-degree angle. Tighten the wing nut or screw and place the T-bevel on the underside of the seat to bore the first hole. Mark it with a pencil. Hold the T-bevel and use it as a guide to bore the hole on the mark with a drill and a 7/8-inch drill bit. Drill ¾ inch into the bottom of the seat. Repeat to make two more evenly-spaced holes. This is where you will insert the legs of the stool.

  4. 4

    Cut a 1 by 2-inch board in half lengthwise to make two equal strips of wood. Measure one strip with a tape measure and cut three 11-inch long pieces from the strip with a hand saw. Cut a 45-degree angle on each end of the 11-inch strips. These pieces will be the legs.

  5. 5

    Sand the legs. Use a coarse-grit sandpaper to round the edges on the legs. Use a fine-grit sandpaper to remove the rough edges and smooth the legs.

  6. 6

    Place a small amount of wood glue on one end of a leg. Insert the leg into a hole on the underside of the seat. Use a rubber mallet to drive the leg into the hole. Repeat to insert the other two legs.

  7. 7

    Paint the stool the desired colour with a paintbrush and allow to dry.

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