Lolas step stool restored with love.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 09-28-2013 01:09 PM 3250 reads 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lolas step stool
restored with love.

I have a friend in Denmark Lola is her name.
Lola is not only a wonderful person a writer and a poet of nature, she is also the owner of this wonderful old stool, that is a family piece.
The stool was falling apart, so when I visited her home last year on her birthday, I offered her to bring it to my workshop and give it back life, simply for the pleasure of it.

Tired after years of use, it needed nothing but a gentle hand to fall apart.

Back piece broken.

A little love was needed.
First a straight cut.

The to glue on a fresh piece of wood.
And a little glue in the cracked other side.

We call this a lice. ;-)
So now you have lice in your stool Lola.

This is what we are looking for.

Old stools – old tools.

A few cuts.

Now fully functional.

A little patina in the shape of stain.

The old screw holes are filled, to secure a strong joint after.

Wood glue and all that’s needed now is to mount the bag piece.

The chair have a hinge part that looks like this, but one is missing.

So a piece of metal tube.

A wood core hammered into it.

Fast sanding and shaping.

That’s it!

Now just to be mounted between the bag and seat parts.

The rest of the stool are torn gently apart.
At the same time I make a 1:1 drawing so I can make a copy one day.

Interesting to see the old dovetail joints, really not the most beautiful job I have seen…
All is fine on the surface I guess.

Gluing after cleaning them up.

And bang them into place.
Using a mallet that my wonderful friend Jim have send me (thank you Jim).

A stool we have!

Lolas stool.

Step stool.

Rough measures.

If you don’t get it, then feel free to laugh here:

After spending half a year in my workshop, the chair is now back home at Lola’s place, and missed.

Thank you for watching Lola’s chair getting back to life, this blog is for you dear Lola.
Next time you will know how to do it your self. ;-)

Hope this can bring some smiles.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 09-28-2013 01:30 PM

WOW mads

what a great rebuild

you are just the right man
for bringing these things to a new life

lola is sure to be happy

well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-28-2013 01:33 PM

Great Job Mads. The design is really cool as well. I bet she was beside herself. :)

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

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#3 posted 09-28-2013 02:09 PM

Great job.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 09-28-2013 02:23 PM

What a wonderfully designed piece. I can see why it received such constant use. Your restoration should permit it to continue to serve Lola’s family for many more generations.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 09-28-2013 03:22 PM

very nice! And I love that mallett…

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#6 posted 09-28-2013 05:18 PM

Okay, that’s totally cool. I’ve wanted to make one of those for the longest time. She’s blessed to have a friend like you. I’m sure she’e a blessing to you as well. Aren’t friends great?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 09-28-2013 06:53 PM

What a great chair. Nice restoration!

-- I never finish anyth

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#8 posted 09-28-2013 09:24 PM

Great work as always.
The design is particularly interesting. Thank you for publishing the associated drawing.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#9 posted 09-29-2013 03:22 AM

Wonderful restoration Mads! Quite the versatile little stool. I was a little nervous watching you step onto the very top. How many of these gems do you have hidden away to post even while your shop is out of commission? Thank you for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 08:32 AM

Hi there,
Yes Lola was happy, she wrote: ’ For me there are no better compliment for my work.
Candy, ohhh yes I got a bunch. ;-)
Fabrice, tell me if you should need more details, I made a full size drawing also.
Philip, smiles.
Doug, yes she is a blessing to me, one of those that makes me smile often.
Dabcan, me too!
Lew, Lolas daughter might have to suffer one day… lol(a).
Sam, smiles.
Wayne, she was with a wonderful smile.
David, I have a deep passion for bringing back to life, perhaps I should buy a heart starter… lol.
Best thoughts and thanks for sharing my joy,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 09-30-2013 01:00 PM

Wow. I hope that didn’t happen while someone was on it. Hope nobody was hurt. Nice redo and fix

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 09-30-2013 03:32 PM

Smiles, nu animals were hurt in this experiment.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 09-30-2013 11:47 PM

Wow, I have never seen a chair like that before. So clever design.

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#14 posted 10-05-2013 07:09 PM

Great restoration work on this Mads. Your friend will be pleased. I wished I had one of these when I was a kid to help me get at the cookies in the top kitchen cabinet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 10-06-2013 07:10 PM

A cookie chair it should be called.
Smiles Mike and WoodDweller.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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