Tractor Seat Stool

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-11-2017 03:44 AM 2013 views 8 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted to buy a cast iron tractor seat and I found this one at a flea market at a real reasonable price and bought it.
Then I had to make a base for it and I wanted it go from 18” to 28” on a wooden screw. So this is what I made. The screw is a turned piece of maple with a 1 1/2”-6 thread on it. I used walnut for the hub and base arms and I had bad luck with V threads in walnut so I turned a threaded aluminum insert for the base to fit the maple screw . The hub has four dovetails cut into it for the base arms and they are slipped in and glued and hold very well. I used the stool tonight at our guild meeting. The base is finished with Danish oil and clear lacquer and the wood thread is coated with dry spray lube. It has 4 Shepherd casters with a 5/16-18 thread on them and they are screwed into aluminum plates on the bottom of the base arms.

The third shot shows the Deering Seat stool next to my 1928 McCormick Deering engine.The seat was typically screwed to flat piece of spring steel and used on horse drawn plows and grain cutters. I’m guessing it was made around 1920.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 10-11-2017 04:07 AM

Very cool!

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 10-11-2017 04:14 AM

Nice job Jim. I like the adjustment screw. You made them to last several more generations

Spent many hours on a seat like that when I was younger and am sure they were not as comfortable as yours. I also have two in my shop that I use everyday at my leather bench.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#3 posted 10-11-2017 04:48 AM

Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 10-11-2017 04:50 AM

Love it Jim!!

-- 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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#5 posted 10-11-2017 05:34 AM

Cool Jim, now all you need is a tractor to sit on it. LOL


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 10-11-2017 07:29 AM

WOW! Very good reuse of objects and materials. I know from my grandad that those tractor seats are vey comfortable. Beautiful green colour

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-11-2017 09:49 AM

Cool looking seat and awesome to see you cut threads on that long of a piece of maple. Nice work, Jim

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 10-11-2017 10:45 AM

Looks great!

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#9 posted 10-11-2017 11:23 AM

Really cool looking project Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 10-11-2017 12:19 PM

I Love It!!

Made me think of how the farmers in those days must have been a rugged lot. No air conditioned, cushioned cabs for them!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 10-11-2017 01:05 PM

I love this stool and that wagon is beautiful. That engine is also nice. I also like your lathe and it makes me miss the machine shop I had in our molding plant that we lost. This is a great post – lots of interesting things.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 10-11-2017 01:17 PM

Great conversational piece Jim. It goes well with the hit and miss. I could picture you sliding around the shop on it. Nice save.

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

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#13 posted 10-11-2017 01:22 PM

Jim this is awesome. I have an old tractor seat I found in my yard when I moved here 24 years ago. I have always wanted to make it into a seat but was short on ideas. I may have just found one! Nice job and thanks for the inspiration.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 10-11-2017 01:57 PM

That is such a cool idea Jim that will be copied many times .
Thanks for all the great pictures of the details .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 10-11-2017 02:37 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments! I like to share ideas on different approaches to making things. I did not have the camera in the barn when I cut the dovetails, but they were done on the vertical mill with router bit. The hub was still square when I cut them- it made the indexing real easy. The legs were a challenge as I cut the dovetails before shaping them and I had just enough clearance for them to drop down in front of the mill without hitting the front handwheel. They were sticking high in the air and I had to make an angle clamped to vise to stop them from vibrating. I could have used the router station, but with the mill I can get a more exact fit. Here is one shot of the tapping the legs for the casters:

Cheers, Jim

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

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