Workshop Stool

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 10-14-2017 02:27 AM 1566 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted a better workshop stool for a while now. My previous “stool” was an old bar stool that I added wheels to. 4 legs on an uneven floor led to lots of rocking. I picked up somewhere that 3 legs wouldn’t have that issue. I decided to build my stool with 3 legs.

I wanted to build the base as an equilateral triangle, but I struggled with the angles and the length of the base. 2 45’ angles and a straight piece later, I ended up with a solid base. I added some HF casters for the wheels.

I cut the ends of the legs at 5’ and used pocket holes to attach them to the base. I capped them with pieces of 2×4 for a solid base. I had a couple of pieces of 4×4 that I pulled from a pallet. I cut a contour in those for comfort and attached them to the base.

I cut a 2×4 into strips and rounded over the edges. After sanding them down, I used glue and brad nails, to attach them to the rest of the assembly.

I ended up with a very sturdy and extremely mobile workshop stool. While I am happy with the end result, I do wish that I had made the base more compact and the seat less wide. If I ever do it again, I will probably cut the base out of a couple of pieces of laminated 3/4” plywood.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-16-2017 01:03 PM

Nice stool. I like your design!!

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

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#2 posted 10-17-2017 09:04 PM

Ingenious design, integrating the 3-legged-stool trick. It even looks comfortable!

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#3 posted 10-17-2017 09:48 PM

Cool. I like it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 10-18-2017 05:49 AM

Thanks for the comments. I like my stool. It is very comfortable. It is also surprisingly stable. I have wanted a workshop stool that was comfortable and easy to move. I didn’t want to drop $100 on one. Since my benches are all around 40” high, a regular desk chair or mechanic’s stool would put my work surface roughly at chin level. This build fits the bill for my needs.

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#5 posted 10-21-2017 09:20 PM

I really like this seat design. And the new look may be inspiring to more woodworkers. Best wishes.

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#6 posted 10-22-2017 12:31 AM

Thanks for the kind words!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#7 posted 10-26-2017 02:25 PM

I like the look – nice build!

Can you clear up one bit of confusion for me, please:
In the finished configuration, what is the height of the middle of the seat above the floor?


-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#8 posted 10-26-2017 04:48 PM

This is a nice, practical, comfortable looking shop stool. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 10-26-2017 05:15 PM

Jim, the stool is 27 1/2” y’all at the middle of the dip in the seat. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for looking.

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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