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Project by MakeThings posted 10-26-2021 07:38 AM 1268 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oh what a summer!

This project spanned 6 months and I learned so much with it…not just woodworking related, but also how to make HTML pages, PDFs, better CAD design…so much more. I burned out my first Mac computer because of the intense video load I ran through it—13 videos were created, spanning 4 hours of tutorials. It’s also the first (and maybe only?) set of plans I started selling on Etsy.

There were a lot of things I had to overcome with this project. I learned T-Nuts aren’t cut clean and that they need to be cleaned up if you plan on using gears with them smoothly. I learned what 2-1 epoxy is…wasting $100 on my first resin pour (I didn’t get the mixture right!). I learned how to dye wood properly. I broadened my knowledge of gears…and I feel like I finally have the gear designing in sketchup down pat.

I completely designed the entire project in sketchup. This is actually the more advanced version I created…there’s a simpler version I made that only requires 2 stationary tools.

The cross brace is made with purpleheart and hard maple. The legs are hard maple and pauduk. The epoxy I used is called “Liquid Glass” and it turned out really well (the second attempt!).

Anyway, I do have videos and more on my website if anyone’s interested. It was a big project and I’m glad it’s done. It consumed so much of my time!

My gear stool: http://makethingswithrob.com/gear_stool/

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings





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Eric

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#1 posted 10-26-2021 10:15 AM

That is a neat looking stool. Great contrast with wood choices.

I take it the adjustment is in the legs, by use of pins.

-- Eric, building the dream

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 10-26-2021 11:36 AM

quite the build – woodworking engineering to the max, great job.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-26-2021 12:21 PM

WOW…that is outta sight! I love it. That sure was a great undertaking and came out beautiful and so unique!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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987Ron

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#4 posted 10-26-2021 12:25 PM

Unique and Interesting. Nice workmanship.

-- Ron

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gdaveg

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#5 posted 10-26-2021 02:00 PM

Great job building this unique stool.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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pottz

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#6 posted 10-26-2021 02:06 PM

wow amazing !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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JRsgarage

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#7 posted 10-26-2021 02:15 PM

Very cool stool.

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#8 posted 10-26-2021 03:16 PM

Very original and a fun concept.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 10-26-2021 03:22 PM

That’s wild! And fun, too, I will agree.

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

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MakeThings

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#10 posted 10-26-2021 07:12 PM



That is a neat looking stool. Great contrast with wood choices.

I take it the adjustment is in the legs, by use of pins.

- Eric


Thank you so much!

No adjustments in the actual legs, just on the top.

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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MakeThings

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#11 posted 10-26-2021 07:14 PM



quite the build – woodworking engineering to the max, great job.

- recycle1943


Haha, thank you. I have engineers in my family, but I’m all thumbs (most of the time) with engineering in general.

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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MakeThings

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#12 posted 10-26-2021 07:14 PM



WOW…that is outta sight! I love it. That sure was a great undertaking and came out beautiful and so unique!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


Thanks Jim, that means a lot.

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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MakeThings

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#13 posted 10-26-2021 07:15 PM



Unique and Interesting. Nice workmanship.

- 987Ron


Thanks Ron, it was a blast!

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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MakeThings

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#14 posted 10-26-2021 07:18 PM



Great job building this unique stool.

- gdaveg


Thanks Dave!


Very cool stool.

- JRsgarage


I appreciate it JR


That s wild! And fun, too, I will agree.

- Dark_Lightning


It was a real nail biter at times when I ran into some pitfalls. So glad I kept at it though. The only problem I have now is that I have more fun spinning than sitting on it.

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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swirt

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#15 posted 10-27-2021 01:31 AM

That was very cool. Quite a challenge. Good job sticking with it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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