Ben Palmer

Profession: Designer

Project: Offcut

Based in: Bristol

Platform Member: Other Today



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A system using waste wood to teach people skills to make DIY furniture.

A furniture system using waste wood from local makers to teach people skills to build their own DIY furniture. The materials are cut down by local makers and hand-delivered.


This DIY system allows people to appreciate materials seen as waste and to make furniture that has an emotional value to the individual through the act of making.


Each piece of furniture is made using one shape with varying lengths, that can be easily cut from awkward offcuts of wood. The aim is to develop people’s confidence in making and to enhance their skills and the likelihood of them continuing to participate in DIY.


Instructions are available as a printable PDF here.

The visual assembly instructions to make the stool.