How many pieces do you really need to make a chair? And how much hardware is required, too, for that matter? Perhaps not as much as you might think.

This project on Instructables by Jesse Hensel shows how very simple the process can be if your tools are few and your needs straightforward – two cuts on one board and one cutout on the other and you have a seat that sitting in makes even more sturdy.

The one part that could perhaps be simplified even further is the slot required in the vertical board – cutting in from the side would be easiest, and if done right may be just as stable, too.