Folding Stool

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Project by John Lowell posted 01-08-2013 03:04 PM 2252 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christmas gifts for the kids and a few friends. The intent is to have them for camp (we do this every summer) so I made them out of white oak, finished with Tung oil. A prior blog covered some of my trials and tribulations, difficulty with the dowels, or perhaps some difficulty with me using the correct bit.

I had a co worker once tell me that asking for a 3/4” bit was confusing the solution, the bit, with the goal; a 3/4” hole. In this case, the solution I used did not result in my intended goal. The usual run around screaming and shouting did resolve the hole size problem, but always something to avoid.

Lesson, do not jump to the solution, focus on the result you want, dbl cking the solution you use. Measure twice, cut once?

Ugg, but had great fun building them.

The stools themselves were pressed into use that day, have been used as seats and as small tables so far.


Additional Notes: I should have noted the idea came from Steve Ramsey, the YouTube URL is:

The modifications I made consisted of using left over extra white oak due to the intended exterior use, round over of all edges, larger dowel (should be 5/8”, I intended 3/4” but ended up with 13/16”). The dowel size change resulted in the need for the flattened area (can see in the photo) on the radius ends of the legs. The seat dimensions are a bit larger, and I epoxyed one end of each hinge to keep the dowel from sliding out over time.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 03:18 PM

nice work …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 06:24 PM

Nice job; especially in the details like fastening the tops and stretchers from the bottom so they don’t show the screw heads and rounding the edges. One more small improvement I would suggest is to put a interlocking metal or wood pin in one the edges where the table top halves meet and a corresponding hole in the other half. That stops any lateral movement and makes it all the more stable.
This same design can also be used for tables or TV type trays.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 08:57 PM

Great mechanism! Pretty smart idea! Well done!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 02:11 AM

I made several of these but wish I’d seen yours first! Hiding the screws should have been obvious to me (Duh!) but my granddaughter loves hers anyway. Your are extra nice.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 01:02 PM

LesB, that is a good idea, may have made the final assembly easier. Each of the 4 kids who received them like them, and I hope they end up being used all summer, outside in the sun and rain! Am looking forward to seeing who needs the finish re-freshened first!

gfadvm – I did a trial build with ply and had the thing built from board to stool in a few hours. That was when I decided to try the round overs and bungs for the screw heads. Went from a few hours to multi day, but so goes life. Last fall, I repaired a boat seat made of teak, and it was re-installed with the bungs, so I just continued with the nautical mind set.


-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 02:10 PM

Love the folding stool. Looks sturdy enough to hold one kid. Great build.


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