Time Out

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Project by toyguy posted 12-22-2012 03:33 PM 2314 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was a young lad, if you didn’t meet up with your parents wishes, you might find yourself doing a lot of labour, or if the offense was bad enough, you might get a good swift kick in the behind. This kind of discipline is no longer the way of the world; now you get a “Time Out”. So with this in mind, I made myself a “Time Out Stool”.

In my case, I don’t see this being used for it’s intended use, as my grandson can do no wrong, but it will make a nice side table as can been seen in the accompanying photo. But just in case, I’ll keep it around.

Constructed of wood-turned Walnut, two empty plastic 2 liter soda bottles and some aquarium sand. This stool is about 13 inches by 20 inches. Finish is Waterlox. Sand will run for 6 minutes.

Comments and critiques are always welcome.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 12-22-2012 03:38 PM

cool, I like it. Grandkids wouldn’t.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 03:48 PM

I have always been fascinated by hour glasses. This is really a terrific idea.

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 03:56 PM

Wow thats awsone I love it. Great idea

-- Building quality in a throw away world.

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 05:48 PM

Inspiration comes from many strange places! what a nice project and great idea :)

-- Spofeo/Kristian

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#5 posted 12-22-2012 06:07 PM

You need a time out for thinking such a thing :))
Neat project well done


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#6 posted 12-22-2012 06:22 PM

Great looking project, why are grand kids so much better than our kids were, and great grandkids are always
perfect, unless it is time for their parents to change their diapers? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 12-22-2012 07:17 PM

LOL… My kids might just need a bigger hour glass. Nice Project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 12-22-2012 08:57 PM

Itwould be great if they had to sit and watch the sand pour.

Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 12-22-2012 10:04 PM

For a nice stool like this one, I would be deliberately be bad boy.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#10 posted 12-22-2012 11:02 PM

This is a cool project, good job! All the legs match, which I can’t do if my life depended on it. As for your grandson doing no wrong, you might want to check with his parents. I know when I was growing up, there wasn’t a sand clock big enough for the time outs I would have received. But then again, my parents didn’t give me time outs, they were “old school”. Still hurts to sit down.

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#11 posted 12-23-2012 01:08 AM

Great project Brian and Happy Holiday

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#12 posted 12-23-2012 01:28 AM

Great Idea, and a Great Project…............Well done! Since the sand runs for 6 min, you must have used an orifice, what size is it?

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#13 posted 12-23-2012 01:45 AM

Thanks for all the kind was a fun project to do.

Don’t look too close….. The legs are close, but they don’t all match.

In answer to the question..yes there is an orifice. I used a 5/32 drill bit, but then tried and bevel to wood to that orifice. Got a little carried away and ended up with a hole of just under 1/4 inch. Too big…...smaller hole would allow the sand to run a bit longer…..for those really bad kids.. LOL

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 12-23-2012 02:23 AM

Thats a real cool idea Brian & a very nice make to match, the walnut is a perfect timber for this type of project, nice & strong.
Hey brian, Hope you & yours have a happy festive season
Cheers from NZ

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 12-23-2012 04:44 AM

thats just to cool,walnut ,and finish looks great ,cleaver

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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