Piano Stool

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Project by SplashMaster posted 12-17-2017 02:46 AM 615 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2016, I was starting to consider trying woodturning again now that there is so much information available online. With that, my sister asked me if I could build her a piano stool similar to one she had seen in an antique shop. This seamed as good of a jumping off point for practice as any before taking an actual woodturning class.

For reference material I studied an exploded drawing of a piano stool from “Working with Hand Tools: Essential Techniques for Woodworking” book and Ana White’s blog build entitled “Adjustable Height Wood and Metal Stool”. Pulling ideas from both, the stool began to take shape.

I drew up a leg pattern and turned the legs from red oak boards glued up. It was after this I learned why people do not like to turn red oak, as it liked to chip out badly. I knew duplicating four legs would be difficult, but the process was very enjoyable even though they are all slightly different. The center support is from an old pine 2” X 10” I cut out on the table saw, and recessed a ¾” nut into the top support with epoxy to hold the adjustment rod. The stretchers were only taped to accept the adjustment road as most of the stools bearing weight is on the top nut (and I only had one ¾” nut). All the angled holes were done on the drill press with a 15⁰ table jig. The legs are attached to the center support with ¾” wedged tenons for a nice tight fit and the seat was recycled from a dining room chair that was being thrown away at my apartment complex. I welded the ¾” threaded rod to a pipe floor flange and recessed it into the underside of the seat.

To my surprise after everything was assembled the seat could be fully raised and lowered with one good spin! It is finished it with MinWax clear gloss polyurethane. My sister loved it at first sight when I presented it to her at Thanksgiving 2016 and I decided woodturning is defiantly a skill I want to pursue.

Thank you for stopping by. Until next time take care.

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#1 posted 12-17-2017 03:26 PM

Another “Very Nice” Splash! I hope you don’t mind Me Re Doing the picture to do it Justice. Thanks also for all of the Details.

Regards: Rick

P.S. Nice “BABY” Largemouth! ..LOL.. (I also love to Fish!)

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 12-17-2017 05:07 PM

Thanks Rick,
I could not get those pictures to turn around for nothing lol

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#3 posted 12-17-2017 08:06 PM

You did a very nice job on this piano stool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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