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The Bell Systems three position stool was a mainstay of the central telecom office. It was typically constructed from red oak and 2 inch screws. It was a was a real workhorse, just what I need…


My box is scaled down quite a bit, but fits well in the shop. It is 22.5" high, 16" wide and 11.5" deep, and made from 3/4 maple and a piece of plywood for the bottom.


It is perfect for reaching to the top of the lumber rack, changing light bulbs, as well as sitting at the bench.

It's also a great step up to tools and tables for young woodworkers.


It is already become invaluable. Thanks for looking!

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Great project with a ton of uses . How big was the original Bell systems stool ?
 

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Have to make one of those - lots of practical uses. Where did you see/find the original? Thanks for sharing.
 

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Great project with a ton of uses . How big was the original Bell systems stool ?

- JerryS
Thanks! The originals I've seen are 13" x 17" x 24"

Have to make one of those - lots of practical uses. Where did you see/find the original? Thanks for sharing.

- Northwest29
Thank you! I first saw this at the CLEC I worked for. The switch tech was an old PacBell guy and told me all about them…
 

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Now my daughter wants me to make one and learn how to turn.
 

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Now what's the fun it that? Why can't you just stand on a swivel stool with wheels like the rest of us?
 

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This kind of stool is widely used for film making under the strange(?) name of "apple box"
A real useful stool
Make four of them and you can have a height adjustable bench, table, stage…
 

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Now my daughter wants me to make one and learn how to turn.

- sepeck
That's too cool! Hope she enjoys it!

Very good! And usefull also for sports.

- muesli
That looks tiring… :)

Now what s the fun it that? Why can t you just stand on a swivel stool with wheels like the rest of us?

- Derek Oliver
I'm just a weenie! :) You should know I stood on it without my safety goggles though…

This kind of stool is widely used for film making under the strange(?) name of "apple box"
A real useful stool
Make four of them and you can have a height adjustable bench, table, stage…

- Sergio
One of my subscribers showed me that! I guess that's a sign of a good idea, where it pops up in different fields!
 
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