Nursing Stool

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Project by JeffG posted 09-21-2007 03:02 PM 14892 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A quote from my wife about this nursing stool: “This stool was definitely worth you disappearing into the wood shop for three hours.”

After seeing my wife throw pillows on the ground to raise her feet, I decided to make her a stool. And not just any stool, a nursing stool that has multiple angles to provide her the most comfort while feeding our one month old. Drawing up plans from a stool that came from somewhere in my subconscious (probably saw it on a web site), I then made a template for the sides out of half inch MDF. I used a circle cutting jig to make sure the half circles were exact for smooth operation. The foot piece has 3/8 inch hard wood dowels inserted into it. I routered a heart design into the foot piece with a plunge router.

The pictures show one of the stools that I have made out of oak faced ply. I have made a few others out of solid cherry and solid oak. All the pieces are ¾ inches thick (which makes it very strong, I’ve weight tested it to 250 pounds), and is seven inches tall by about 14 inches wide. For the finish I used two coats of Minwax antique oil. I also placed cork circles on the bottom of the feet for better traction on the floor (I cut the circles from a roll of adhesive cork drawer liner/contact paper)

Also, thanks to Matt D (a fellow lumberjock) for being my first customer. To show my appreciation I put a lifetime warrantee on the stool he bought for his wife.

—Jeff Goettel
North Syracuse, NY

-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 09-21-2007 03:10 PM

how thoughtful and full of thought! Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 09-21-2007 03:15 PM

That’s a good idea! Nice execution and explanation!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 09-21-2007 05:40 PM

Jeff – Nice job! My wife has been using this and really likes it! Plus it looks great.

We have the cherry version of this made by Jeff. It’s very solid and lightweight with the right dimensions and the angle adjustment is perfectly smooth. Overall a fine execution.

I also appreciate having a piece made by another woodworker/lumberjock. I’d recommend you contact Jeff if you can use one of these. I also hear they make good foot rests for computer desks, etc.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#4 posted 09-22-2007 09:30 AM

Very clever Jeff – I like it, but thankfully should never have a need for one at my house. I could have (actually my wife could have) used one about 38 years ago.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 09-22-2007 05:03 PM

Hum…I had to add this to my favorites. God fobid my wife would ever nurse again, but she is short and has wanted me to build a stool to put her feet on when she sits down at a desk.

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#6 posted 09-22-2007 06:04 PM

very cool…my wife is nursing as we speak…she likes it…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 09-23-2007 03:00 AM

Very good idea, Jeff! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robb

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#8 posted 04-07-2010 06:32 PM

i like it man!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 09:55 PM

A wonderful stool, thanks for sharing.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 08-26-2010 12:23 AM

Very cool design. I know of someone that will need one soon. I may have to make one simular.

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