Upcycled Shop Stool Using An Old Office Chair Base

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Project by BusterB posted 07-28-2016 07:32 PM 3253 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was cleaning up our daughters old room and came lugging out an old office chair that the kids had destroyed at some point. Instead of taking the base to the dump with the rest of it I decided to hang on to it and see if I could make something with it. This is what I came up with…a rolling shop stool. I had some 4×5 pine that I glued up into a seat. Scooped the seat on the table saw using a dado set. Should have went to 1/2” instead of a 1/4” on a seat this thick for appearance I think. Maybe on the next one…lol. Finished with Minwax stain and will get a coat of spray laqour to make the finish more durable. Was actually surprised at how well it sits.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#1 posted 07-28-2016 08:01 PM

Looks solid enough Buster. Constructive thinking. I can’t tell, are those bolts counter sunk?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 07-28-2016 08:07 PM

Great idea, I was wondering why I was keeping that old chair base

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 07-28-2016 08:41 PM

Nice recovery Buster but I would have to have a little more contour in that chair bottom for my butt. :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 07-28-2016 08:58 PM

Came out fine … and “FREE” is ALWAYS great !

Looks sturdy enough to hold MY big ass !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 07-28-2016 10:43 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! That is indeed one beefy stool. I made one similar some time ago, it is really handy to have a low stool. Some jobs are easier when you are closer to the floor, and kneeling is not as much fun as it used to be. I never would have thought to use the dado set to scoop the seat, great idea. I also like your little hand plane, they come in handy. Great job, buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#6 posted 07-28-2016 11:51 PM

Dave- Thank you sir. I like the idea of countersinking the bolt heads…. nice!!!

Brian- thank you sir. My first idea was a roll around sofa/TV stand…but the more I talked to it, the more it wanted to be a shop stool. Glad she didn’t throw it out while I wasn’t at home…lol

L2L- thank you Lee. Obviously you have not seen the caboose on this train….lol That’s why it’s built out 4×5’s….

Joe- Thank you buddy. I like free!!! Plus I did my part to save the planet and all that…lol I load tested this thing using the largest arse I could find…namely mine. It would laugh at that tiny backside of yours sir.

Jeff- Thank you my friend. I didn’t have the tools to do it old school so I had to improvise. It works well enough. Started about an inch from the outer edge on one side and stair stepped it about a 1/16th of an inch until I reached a 1/4” of overall depth. Then reversed the process back up to the center then did the same thing on the opposite side. Used the plane to cut down the “step” edges then sanded smooth. One lesson learned ….my fence wasn’t long enough to allow for a stop block so I marked the fence and eyeballed it…as you can see in the picture, that didn’t work so well. Next time I try it, I will install a temporary fence that is long enough for a stop block.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 07-29-2016 01:03 AM

That is really cool and a great idea. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 07-29-2016 02:34 AM

Nice stool. They really come in handy in the shop!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 07-29-2016 05:01 AM

G’day Buster. That is a beautiful restoration…..I bet it is stronger and more functional than when it was brand new. The Dark finish and the scooped out seat and the counter sinking puts the finishing touch…..Great project to use and be proud of.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 07-29-2016 06:11 AM

Love the picture of the tiny plane on that massive seat! Great shop stool, Buster. How tall is it? Adjustable? Saw it on Facebook earlier and was wondering. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 07-29-2016 08:58 AM

I like this thick stool plate. Very nice way to extend chair’s life. I remember how many such chairs I trashed.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 07-29-2016 01:10 PM

That bad boy should hold up. Keep moving forward.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 07-30-2016 08:08 PM

Why the hell didn’t you counterbore the screws? Who wants to sit on screw heads? Or round over the edge more either.
That looks like an unfinished project.
You didn’t even round over the bottom edges, seems likely to catch the back of a heal or calf muscle.

Come on, finish that thing.

-- Jeff NJ

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#14 posted 07-30-2016 11:45 PM

Hoss- Thank you buddy.

Jim- thank you sir.

Cliff- thank you sir. We shall see how it stands up to abuse….hopefully pretty well.

Candy- thank you buddy-ett. I found the little Stanley micro plane in a discount box at the local hardware…love is adjustable but not sure exactly was the lowest level is. Thinking since it was an desk chair that it is probably about as low as it goes in the pic.

Ivan- thank you sir. As the master builder I didn’t think you threw out anything

Monte- thank you sir.

Jeff- Thank you sir. Guilty on all counts. I will countersink the bolt heads when I break it down to spray the laqour. That was an obvious oversight on my part…one of those “well duh” moments when Dave asked me about it. Never dawned on me to round over the bottom edge. Nice thing about these design as you go projects for the shop, if it becomes an issue, I can go back and modify it.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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