Short stool

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 12-11-2017 01:15 PM 1105 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first real woodworking project I did, back in May 2016 before joining Lumberjocks. I just realized I had never posted it, so here goes. Hard to believe I’ve learned so much in 18 months.

Started out cutting a piece of plywood, drilling a handle, and mitering some skirts for it.

Then I measured up the angle I wanted the legs to be at, keeping them just inside the edges of the stool, which would make them less likely to be tripped over. The second picture in the gallery shows how I held them while I eyeballed a vertical cut. They came out pretty good for the ad-hoc workholding.

Then I cut rabbets on the legs so they would nest into the aprons. Again, I held the leg at a funny angle so that I was making a vertical cut.

Once the legs were trimmed, I screwed them into the seat. Two screws through the top of the seat, and two screws through each apron. Those legs are solid.

Legs on, the last bit was a bit of trim on the top of the stool. I was planning to use this while painting the foundation of my garage, which I would probably do while wearing shorts, and I didn’t want splinters in my legs. Mission accomplished!

The stool is 18” high, which means it gets used as a sawhorse as well as a stool. I painted it with a couple coats of paint, and after two summers of using it a lot, it needs another coat of paint already.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 12-11-2017 01:49 PM

Cool job on the bench. A good thing to have around for sitting cutting and standing. Just imagine how you would make it now.

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

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 02:07 PM

Yeah, it’s super-handy around the shop. I forgot to mention I also stand on it. It’s 18” plus my 6’5” means I can reach the ceiling in the garage/shop while standing on it. It’s also low enough that I can reach the ground easily while sitting on it, but high enough that I can get up from it, even shortly after my knee replacement last year.

Thing is, I think the design I stumbled into is actually pretty good for my needs. The handle means I can carry it around one-handed, which means it gets used a lot. I might do a better job on the details, but I don’t think I’d change the design much.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 03:22 PM

Nice! I especially like the handle holes. I bet it’s a lot more convenient to carry it that way.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 03:31 PM

what’s funny is you were already documenting your projects prior to joining LJ! Nice job,

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#5 posted 12-11-2017 03:44 PM

Lightning, I saw that sort of thing somewhere long ago, and yeah, it’s real handy for picking up the stool one-handed. I have also seen them called “flatulence slots.” ;-)

Gary, I’ve been documenting things forever (I started my blog in 1997, before they were called blogs). In this case, when I described how I wanted to do the legs, I had multiple people telling me that they couldn’t see how it would work or would be way beyond my abilities, so I made sure to take pictures along the way. “See! Like this!”

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 12-11-2017 10:16 PM

Very cool Dave. It’s a lot better looking than the first utility stools I made years ago, which I still have. I made 2 of the same height with one a little larger so they can be stacked on each other, or placed side by side and used as saw horses.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 12-11-2017 10:27 PM

Looks good, Dave. Flatulence slots … too funny!

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 12-12-2017 01:11 AM

Thanks, Duck! I thought about making another, but I keep finding other things that are higher priority.

Better safe than sorry, right Ron? ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 12-12-2017 02:57 PM

Better safe than sorry, right Ron? ;-)

- Dave Polaschek

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