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In each bi-monthly episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PT), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the GrainTrash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy shows us more of his band saw skills as he whips up a set of interlocking stacking stools designed to fit in small spaces.–Stett Holbrook


1 sheet of 3/4 inch plywood
2 pieces 14×16 inch plywood

Router with flush cut bit
Table saw
Hand rasp
Belt sander
Random orbital sander
Screw gun
Air nailer

Jimmy’s Notes:
I first made the stacking stools 10 years ago. The idea was a set of four stools that will condense for a small NYC apartment or you can use all four as a coffee table, or each one as a seat. More recently I was inspired by products made from CNC routers and the way many of the concepts are designed to assemble. I redeveloped the design and a method to create them without a CNC router (because I don’t have one). Here you see the result with a large finger joint design made with a flush cut router bit.

Stett Holbrook

Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Sustainable/green design
*Young Makers
*Action sports



  1. asciimation says:

    Very cool. I always like routing things using those pattern cutting bits and a template. I watched the film before looking at the sketches and got right to the end wondering how they stacked. Seeing them stacked diagonally like that was pretty neat. Very clever!


  2. Dave says:

    Are there really templates other then the sketches shown on the page above ?

    1. jimmydiresta says:

      Check out my twitter. Sent out template yesterday. @jimmydiresta thank you !,

      1. I don’t have twitter, can u send them to my email??
        Pleeaassee, i want to make these for my nephew.
        Love your work on all the shows.
        Greetings from the Netherlands.

  3. Downeasta says:

    I loved the design and admired the clever time-lapse video. Will you tell us the actual build time? Also, did you have to hand edit the video to sync and include the nailer sounds?

    1. jimmydiresta says:

      I use iMovie. It has all the simple sliders and pre sets !! Thank you,