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After a brief hiatus, I finally got back to publishing another Instructable. The subject of this installment was a couple of flatpack stools that I cut from a single sheet of plywood. What's cool about them is that the only tools required to build them are a jigsaw and a drill, they only cost around $30, and you can assemble them completely by hand.

Solving a Problem

They say the best products solve a need and these stools definitely filled some of mine. When I found myself playing guitar in an office chair (with armrests), I knew something was not right. These stools were a cheap and easy solution to add some more useful seating, and they can pack down quickly when I need some more space.

So far they have more than lived up to my expectations. They look nice, are reasonably comfortable, and nobody has fallen out of one...yet. My guitar is no longer resting on a padded armrest. All feels right in the world.

Flatpack Design

This was my first attempt at any kind of flatpack design and I had a lot of fun. Devising a means to connect each piece, to keep the seat stable, and to make the most efficient use of my material was a very tough challenge. Since I knew I would be marking and cutting these completely by hand, I tried to keep things as simple as possible. 

I think there are many things to like about flatpack design, namely efficiency, that make it an attractive future prospect for me and my work. Hopefully I can use my experiences here to try out some other, more advanced concepts in the future. Expect to see some more similar projects along the way.

CNC Spite

In many of my recent Instructables I have made it a point to do things sans CNC. I just want to go on the record and say that I love, love, love CNC machines. The main reason I choose to ignore them from time to time is because mine has too small of a work area to handle many of these large furniture projects. Also, while I'm extremely fortunate to have one of my own, many people do not have the same luxury. One of the things I hoped to do in this project was to show that using your head can make up for any tools you lack, especially that CNC machine.

Eventually, I do hope to expand my machine and take on some larger projects. When that happens I will revisit this project and adapt it as needed to work on the CNC machine. Until then this jigsaw will have to suffice.