Confiscated Workshop Stool

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Project by Neil Davis posted 07-12-2013 11:58 AM 3870 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this stool for my workshop from a ShopNotes issue and once finished my wife said she wanted to borrow it for the kitchen. It is still there. I had an antique piano stool that had the acme threaded rod for raising and lowering the seat and so I took the antique stool apart for the item. Turns out the antique stool is worth way more then the cost of a new acme threaded rod from Lee Valley.

The stool is made from Red Oak per the plan and uses oxide coated square head bolts for the foot rest connections. Overall I am pleased with the stool and will be making another one for my “Shop”.

On the next iteration of the stool I am going to use threaded wood to replace the metal acme threaded rod and bent laminate for the legs instead of solid wood cut from a large piece of oak. Also, I am going to make a wooden bent laminate ring for the foot rest instead of the metal. My hope is that it will be completely made from wood.

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#1 posted 07-12-2013 01:20 PM

Really nice work. Like you, I made a step stool a couple of years ago and my wife borrowed it for the kitchen. And like you it’s still there too.

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#2 posted 07-12-2013 01:23 PM

Nice work no wonder it was borrowed long term.

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#3 posted 07-12-2013 01:23 PM

Now THAT ... is a cool stool!

I have an old metal stool (from a hospital no less) that has the screw-to-adjust seat height. If (and when) I ever get my new shop building up I might just take a look at doing something similar to this. THANKS for sharing.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 03:06 PM

So, when the new, better looking all wood version is done you’ll get to take the original back to use in the workshop? All kidding aside, this is a great looking work stool.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#5 posted 07-12-2013 03:21 PM

The real problem here is that you made it too nice for a shop and your wife recognized that. Beautiful!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#6 posted 07-12-2013 03:40 PM

I like your iteration plans. Four identical bent laminate legs shouldn’t be too hard, and, of course, it will be stronger and more respectful of the world wood supply.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#7 posted 07-13-2013 01:03 PM

nice looking stool. You next one sounds seven nicer.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 07-15-2013 04:37 PM

Good looking and well made stool, matches the kitchen that’s why wife borrowed it. Great job! Love to see the second one made from all wood.

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