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Forum topic by Rink posted 01-02-2019 10:12 PM 566 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2019 10:12 PM

There’s another thread going about a shop stool, which got me thinking. I didn’t want to hijack that thread so I’m putting my questions here.

I want to make a stool that’s got wheels and that’s height adjustable. I haven’t decided about a back rest yet. I believe that I can design the stool, but if anyone has pictures of what they’ve done or what they’ve seen, I’d love to see it.

The main question that’s hitting me right now is the height adjustability. I’m thinking the best way to do that is to buy the screw hardware, something like this, although it’s a bit pricey. Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 01-02-2019 11:41 PM

I saw that other thread, and didn’t chine in my not so fancy height adjuster idea… But since you asked… :)
I was thinking of the idea of using a 2×2 center post to support the seat, then with a series of holes drilled through it. Then, have that post go through a collar with a matching hole. Then use a long bolt as the pin. Pull the pin out, adjust the height, put the pin back in… Simple and cheap…

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#2 posted 01-03-2019 01:45 AM

I was just on the other thread and that lee valley screw is great ,the price,pricey,id take a look a brians idea,it will do what you want very cheaply and then make the stool to your needs,with or without a back rest.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 01-03-2019 04:33 AM

You could try to find a old stool at a junk yard, garage sale, etc. Gut it for the hardware and build something nice. You could also try searching “Acme Screw” or “Acme Threaded Rod”. Sometimes you can find them cheap on weird sites. They use them in cnc machines and drum thrones.

-- ~Walker

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