Folding stool

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Project by lrob posted 06-28-2013 02:37 PM 2751 views 14 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another project made from reclaimed 1870s organ pipes. The wood is very close grained cottage pine. Great looking with no knots. This is a small stool that was made by Steve Ramsey[Woodworking for Mere Mortals] a couple of years ago. I used 5/8” dowels to hold it together. I made three for the up coming Christmas fair we have in town. Got an early start on the project. The leg are 1 1/2’ wide and 3/4” thick. Have not put and finish on them yet. Maybe Tung oil or Danish oil. I want the wood to pop out at you.


2 – 3/4” x 4 1/2” x 12” – seat pieces
4 – 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 15 1/2” – legs
4 – 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 9” – top braces
2- 3/4” x 1 1/2” x 11” – bottom stretchers
1 – 5/8” x 9” – dowel
4 – 5/8” x 1 1/2” – dowels

The 5/8” hole in the legs and braces are drilled 3/4” from ends on center. I drilled the hole before rounding the ends. The mid holes in the legs were drilled 7 1/2” from bottom of legs. The bottom of legs were cut at 31 1/2 degrees. I fastened the seat with 1 1/2” brads and glue.A real easy project for a weekend. I going to upscale the dimensions and make a small side table in the same design. I would look at Steve’s YouTube video –

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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#1 posted 06-28-2013 04:39 PM

Great recycling project. They should sell well. I knew a fellow who made similar (slightly larger) tables and sold them at the farmers market near the Univ. of Oregon. At the beginning of the fall semester he sold all he could make to students for their rooms. His we relatively crude with no rounded edges and visible screws. I don’t see screws on yours so I assume you do what I do and screw from the bottom side through recessed holes.
I have made many of them in various sizes and they prove to be very sturdy and durable. You might try a stool size. People seem to like those too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 06-28-2013 04:47 PM

Very nice design, and nice work. I think I’m gonna need to add this to my to-do list.

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 06:10 PM

Looks good and will come very handy on many occasions. Can’t wait to see it with the finish.

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