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Forum topic by RKW posted 06-19-2011 07:18 PM 8614 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2011 07:18 PM

Now that the new shop is up and running i am looking for a couple of quality stools. I was looking at the stools that rockler offers and the reviews seem pretty mixed. $60.00 is alot to dish out if the stool is not made well. Harbour freight has some for $30.00 but hey, its harbour freight. I dont mind spending the money if the quality is good.

Anyone own the rockler stool? How about the harbour freight?

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 07:21 PM

I’m WalMart for stools. I’ve seen some high quality ones at TJ Maxx and the like.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 07:24 PM

I think I saw one at Costco a while back. I’m using $9.00 step stools that I will not admit where they came from…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 07:26 PM

I guess I should be the one to throw out making them as one approach. I’m sure someone will bring this up. Another options would be to make a set of sawbenches.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 12:22 AM

I too am in the hunt for a quality shop stool. I had one of the Rockler stools which lasted about 6 months. I guess the stress of accommodating my 230 lb frame was eventually to much for it. Cracks developed in the frame where it bolts to the lazy susan on the bottom of the seat and one day it just collapsed.

I did find a candidate though I don’t know where or even if one can be bought. I had my truck in the shop having some repairs done. In the office there were a number of stools at the counter for customers to sit on whilst paying their bill. The owner told me he got them from the Monroe Shock Absorber representative. There is a Monroe Shock built into the center column of the stool and it seems to very well constructed. I’ve searched online but cannot find a source.

-- Bob, San Diego,

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 09:12 AM

Sounds like a good project for you to build.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 09:21 AM

always makes me wonder why a pro woodworker would want to buy someone eles work when they are able to make their own

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 10:50 AM

I’m with pommy? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 03:29 PM

Have you looked at Sam’s Club. I bought mine there, but don’t know if they still carry them.
Mine is height adjustable which is nice.


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#9 posted 06-20-2011 04:06 PM

Tell ya what, offer ANY of the LJers HALF that $60, and I’m sure at least of them would build you a far better quality stool than anything Rockler or anyone else has.

I’m firmly in the “why the hell isn’t he making this from less than $10 in materials (a square board foot, four dowels 1”x 36”, and maybe two more dowels at 1/2” x 24” to handle cross bracing)” camp?

Hell, I could make probably make one out of ipe or padauk for less than that!!

A stool’s a stool. It doesn’t make it special coming from a boutique hardware store.

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 04:29 PM

Go somewhere like Square D Electric where they have logo padded stools for their customers to sit on and see if they with order one for you. I don’t remember what I paid for mine but it was resonable and it is a heck of a lot better stool than you will find a Costco or Walmart etc. I have RA so I have stools all over the place, one in the kitchen and one at my work bench in the garage (Square D) and one that I drag outside along with my workmate when I just want to enjoy the day while I work on something and a very expensive with a back and casters that my wife bought me (I’m to cheap to spend that much) in my wood shop but my favorite is the Square D stool.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#11 posted 06-20-2011 04:43 PM

This sounds like the perfect excuse to buy a giant screw thread tap and some nice wood;) Up-end a benchcrafted or veritas wagon into the seat for style points;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 06-20-2011 04:56 PM

I made my own swivel stool from a piano chair swivel (found it at a yard sale – though I have seen them at Lee Valley). The stool was easy to make although I added a few flairs of my own….but a simple one is really easy to punch out.

If you are not into DIY, there are great deals at yard sales, flea markets…..and at the big box stores. I puchased as step stool at one of the borgs for pretty cheap…and they had several different sizes and prices.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 06-20-2011 06:56 PM

great suggestions. Im really not in build my own stool mode right now. I think i will try sam’s like kent suggested.

-- RKWoods

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#14 posted 06-20-2011 07:03 PM

IIRC, Craftsman has a decent one.

So does “Park Tools—” a manufacturer of good quality bicycle tools.

Or … start here, and look until you’re tired of looking :)

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 06-20-2011 07:04 PM

I Picked Mine up a an Auction, Swivels, Tilting Back, Height Adjustment, & wheels for approx 5.00

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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