Three Legged Stool

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 03-07-2016 01:08 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

This project has a history: In my youth, I unsuccessfully made a three-legged stool in my middle school wood shop class. At the time I knew nothing about woodworking.

A few years ago, before joining Lumberjocks, I managed to build a little folding stool after watching a video by Steve Ramsey. My wife took the stool and used it to weed the garden. After a few seasons, that stool just fell apart.

So when the stool fell apart, I decided to make a sturdy three-legged stool that would be more stable than the four-legged one that broke.

I grabbed some pallet wood, pieces the size of 2×4s, and glued them together to make the seat. Then I took 3 more pieces, cut them down and turned three legs using my wood turning lash-up. I cut the seat into a disk using the table saw and used the router to round over the edges and create a groove in the underside. This was to make the stool easier to grab and relocate.

I drilled 3 angled holes, so that the legs would have some splay and glued it together with epoxy. I sanded it and finished it with boiled linseed oil. I gave it to my wife for Christmas last year and she likes it. It definitely has a rustic look.

Fun Fact: The Esperanto word for ‘stool’ is tabureto.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 03-07-2016 08:22 AM

The basic simple design proved to be the best.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-07-2016 11:20 AM

The basic simple design proved to be the best.

- majuvla

Thanks. Making this stool brought me full circle to one of my earliest woodworking projects.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 06:43 AM

Nice to improve on an old project, Dave!

-- God bless, Candy

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