Over the past year, Iu2019ve done a lot to fix up my homeu2019s backyard so that when my son starts to walk (which heu2019s starting to do now) heu2019ll have a nice, safe place to run and play. One of the things Iu2019ve added to the yard is a built-in fire pit. Every fire pit needs some good for seating, so naturally I decided to build some. I started with a stool; which is perfect for sitting around the fire, built from two old stumps that were in my backyard long before we owned this . I went through the following five easy steps to make this cool little stool.rnrnStep 1: Split off the legsrnI took a hatchet and split off 3 chunks from the less remarkable of the two stumps. The legs didnu2019t have to come from a stump, they could have very easily have come from a couple firewood logs, but the stumps are what I had. I wanted the legs to be kind of beefy, so I chopped them into roughly triangular wedges with each face about 3 to 4 inches wide.

Chopping the legs for the stool from another stumprnrnStep 2: Shape the legsrnOnce I had the leg blanks separated, I placed each one on top of the rest of the stump it was taken from and chopped off all of the corners so the blanks were roughly circular.

I took a hatchet and split off 3 chunks from the less remarkable of the two stumps. The legs didn’t have to come from a stump, they could have very easily have come from a couple firewood logs, but the stumps are what I had. I wanted the legs to be kind of beefy, so I chopped them into roughly triangular wedges with each face about 3 to 4 inches wide.

Once I had the leg blanks separated, I placed each one on top of the rest of the stump it was taken from and chopped off all of the corners so the blanks were roughly circular. I then shaped each leg so that one end was tapered down to about 1-1/2” in diameter.

The second stump was the more interesting looking of the two. It was kind of knarly and had a bunch of termite trails and holes in it. I turned the side that would be the seat down and using a 1-3/4” forstner bit, drilled 3 holes in the bottom. I set two of the holes in a line parallel to the front of the stool, and the third triangulated with the other two toward the back. Each hole was slightly angled toward the middle of the stool and drilled between 1 and 2 inches deep.