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