Folding Meditation Stool

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Project by kimosawboy posted 01-23-2016 08:34 PM 3586 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made a number of meditation stools in the past usually they were in the shape of a T with one large leg. The biggest problem was the lack of portability, so this is my answer.
Using a overly large dovetail I was able to lock the center to the legs, then when portability is desired simply remove the center/fold and lock the center into the top. The joinery is tight enough to keep everything in place yet is simple enough to remove.
There was a fair bit of trial and error to get the right design and to make everything work but I’m happy with the results.
Material is Maple with the center being walnut inlayed with a ying/yang of English walnut(dark) and mahogany.
SIze is 9.5”H x 5”W x 14”L.
Thanks for looking
G Vavra

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 11:15 PM

What a fantastic design and execution. Did you draw up plans or create at the workbench?

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 02:10 AM

Looks very nice—I like the Yin/Yang figure in the walnut and maple!

By the way, I’ve seen these meditation benches before, but how are they actually used for meditation?

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 09:56 AM

Super clever concept! Think that idea could be expanded to other kinds of furniture as well.
But: From your pictures i do not understand how exactly the legs attach to the top?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 04:59 PM

Thanks for the compliments…
PatrickRN, minimal design but a few prototypes until it worked..

Mean-Dean,The colors worked well! For using this …If you are kneeling, place stool under your but, lean back until your sitting on stool.

kaerlighedsbamsen, I agree with using ot for other projects… the legs are connected with a piano hinge. Please look at my newest and you can see…

G Vavra

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 11:21 PM

Now i get it – thanks!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 11-28-2016 02:49 AM

It’s quite innovative, yet elegant in design. If you don’t mind, I’m thinking of adding that to my “to do” list.
Very well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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