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How to Turn A Broken Saddle Into a Bar Stool?

Turning a broken saddle into a stool is the best way to reuse the resources rather than dispose of them. Turning a broken saddle into a stool is that it has an aesthetic look for the interior decoration and is long-lasting because it is made from high-quality woods. Making a saddle stool does not require technical skills or talent; sometimes, it requires basic knowledge, and if you set yourself straightforward and focused, it will take less than a day to accomplish your mission. Besides, it will save you many costs if you had hired a skilled carpenter to do it for you or instead of purchasing it from furniture homes. Furthermore, you will also get to be more creative and innovative to make bar stools because the more you do it by yourself, the more you learn from the mistakes made.

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How to Turn A Broken Saddle Into a Bar Stool?

Essential equipment and materials you need for making a saddle stool

• Safety protection; goggles or safety glass
• Measuring tape
• Hammer nails; but appropriate inches to the depth of the wood
• Wood glue
• Handsaw and chainsaw
• Drawknife
• Four Sapling sticks
• Chisel
• A log
• Four Straight bars
• A clear finish
• sandpaper

Measurement rules to adhere to before making a saddle stool out of a broken saddle

Because it is a bar stool you are making, it is going to consider measurements that would be vital for the comfort of the person who is going to use it; this is essential to consider taking your measurements according to the following rules;

• First, consider the height of your bar counter; hence the height of the bar stool from the seat should range between 10-13 inches. Measurement beyond that range distance would be uncomfortable for you/ the client to sit near the counter. Because when the saddle chair is higher, it feels like you are standing while enjoying your drink, or when it not higher enough, it will cut into your legs, which will make you slouch too much, which is not healthy for your neck and back.

• Last, you should ensure that the overall height also includes the stools support, that is, the straight bars’ height and the seat depth. It is vital to consider this because assuming the stool support height is the bar stool’s overall height since it will affect the range distance between the lower counter height and the seating. Therefore, both seat and saddle stool support height should be included to have the overall height for you to make a proportionate saddle stool to the bar counter.

Instructions to follow on how to make a saddle stool successfully

Because you will get exposed to wood shavings, you must wear protective glasses or goggles to prevent the shavings and other elements from entering or hitting your eyes directly to protect your eyes against injuries or damage.

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Step 1: Prepare the log to make a seat surface for the bar stool.

Splitting the log into equal halves by using either timber saw machine or chainsaw and use one half to make a seat surface where the saddle will be set on or placed, then the other half you may store it or spilled it into pieces to make straight bars to support the seat. If the log is still fresh, you may keep in a cool and dry place for about two weeks to dry.

Step 2: Make holes on the log.

If you had a ready log that is well dried, directly turn up the flat surface and draw a square with equal edge distance and make a hole on each corner using a hammer or chisel. However, it is not a must to be a 4-bar stool; you may also design it to be a 3- bar stool support. After you have successfully made the holes, smoothen the holes for the bars to fit in smoothly and effortlessly.

Step 3: Fixing the bars to the holes

While logs flat surface facing up, take a wood glue, spread or smear it inside the holes sufficiently, and insert the for bars into the log’s smoothen holes. After you are done, stand the log on its bars and leave it to dry for like 2 hours for the bars to bond strongly to the logs.

Step 4: Add more support to the bar stool

The fact that the log is standing on its bars doesn’t mean it is stable enough to withstand the user’s weight pressure because there are not adjacent supports to make it more stable. Therefore, this would be the right time to make use of the sapling sticks.

Take one sapling stick and measure it equally to fit in precisely into the distance diameter of the front 2-bars and repeat the same procedure with other sapling sticks and finally fix the sapling stick into place across the bars or along using nails.

Step 5: Smoothening the curved surface of the log and the bars.

After fixing the support, take a sandpaper, sand the bars of the stool and the top surface of the log to do away with the rough surface, make the clear finish paint to stick on it efficiently, and leave it to dry 3-5 hours. At this step, you may decide to apply the clear finish for the barstool to look more appealing and to preserve it. However, do not apply the clear finish on the top of the log because this is where the old saddle is to be placed.

Step 6: Make a saddle bar stool.

Take the wood glue and sufficiently smear on the log’s curved surface and place the broken saddle on top of it with a keenness for it to fit on it proportionally, and leave it to dry before you start using it.

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If you strictly follow the steps, you will successfully make a saddle bar stool for yourself without incurring unnecessary expenses of hiring services from a skilled carpenter. Furthermore, it provides you with a lot of knowledge and sharpens your skills to make basic furniture in your home that will not require technical skills.


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