DIY Foot Rest

Written by jose leiva
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A foot rest, foot stool, or ottoman is a simple piece of furniture on which you could rest your feet. Some of these foot rests are larger, cabinet-like fixtures, which have storage space and a comfortable cushion. Other foot rests are simple, small, wooden fixtures. One do-it-yourself project that will be easy to accomplish is a small, wooden, square rest with simple legs.

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Things you need

  • One 1-foot by 1-foot by 1-inch wooden board
  • Mitre saw
  • Four 1-foot by 1-inch by 1-inch wooden boards
  • Drill
  • Jig saw
  • Wood glue
  • Chisel
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain

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  1. 1

    Cut a 1-inch thick wooden board so that it is 1-foot long by 1-foot wide for the top of the foot rest. Use a mitre saw to make the cut. Use any type of wood out of which you want to make the foot rest. Pinewood is an example of a type of wood that will work for this project.

  2. 2

    For the legs of the foot rest, cut four 1-inch thick wooden boards so that they are 1 foot long by 1 inch wide. Draw a 1-inch by 1-inch square on each of the four corners of the 1-foot by 1-foot wooden square that will be used as the top of the foot rest. Each square should be 1 inch away from the edges of the board.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole all the way through the board at the centre of each of the squares, then use a jig saw to cut out the squares from the wooden board. Make sure not to make the cutouts bigger than 1-inch by 1-inch.

  4. 4

    Apply wood glue onto the inside walls of the squares on the 1-foot by 1-foot wooden board and also onto one end of the wooden legs, and then insert the end of the legs with glue on them into each of the squares.

  5. 5

    Place the foot rest with the legs up, and allow two hours to pass so that the wood glue dries.

  6. 6

    Chisel off any excess glue that seeped out with a chisel, and smooth out all the edges of the foot rest with sandpaper. Finally, finish the rest with wood stain.

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