Workshop Stool

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Project by LifesGood1 posted 04-21-2009 04:58 AM 3062 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just getting into wood working and was tired of fixing my old workshop stool. So I figured my first post would be this. I got a swivel seat now! Since these are my only two attempts at a chair of sorts, I was wondering if you guys have any tips on maybe future projects? The one big problem I had was drilling the rail holes at equal levels at equal angles. I’m sure there is a tip for that but haven’t found it. Thank god for scrap wood! One of these days I’ll post something made out of quality lumber. I may have a long time before calling myself a craftsman but as you can see I am making progress.

-- Jerod, Austin

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 06:21 AM

A good start . I thing a traditional way to get all your angels close is to have two t -bevels set at your angle both ways while you drill by hand siting down the t-bevels ,it’s tricky but it can be done. Another alternative is to make an angled ply wood wedge jig on a drill press to make repetitive mortises for your legs into the seat.


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John Stegall

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 05:44 PM

You can also drill a hole through a piece of wood and then cut the wood at the desired angle and use this as the guide. I have also just skipped drilling the hole through my guide and just use the angled end of a piece of 2x lumber to guide my bit. For example if you needed an angle of 7.5 degrees, drill a 90 degree hole through a 2×4 and then cut the bottom (where the hole exits) at the 7.5 degree angle. Much easier to do than to write about it.

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 06:54 PM

Looks better than my shop stool. Looks good, you only have to please the man in the mirror.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 06:58 PM

New stool looks good (although really, really clean compared to mine), old stool looks like you’d risk being on the floor from sitting on it. Was it really funtional in that condition?

-- Chris

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 08:47 PM

Here is a link to show one way to drill those holes:

This was not the one I was looking for but it shows the same method and it was WoodSmith that showed the first jig.

-- jstegall

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#6 posted 04-21-2009 11:18 PM

Thanks for all the much needed information. The jigs mentioned make sense and will definitely be used in future projects. And yes Chris, still functional. The old seat has a little wobble to it but there’s about 100 screws keeping it from falling apart. I don’t think I can scrap it. It’s just one of those ugly pieces of crap that you are ashamed to have around, yet would miss it if it’s gone.

-- Jerod, Austin

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