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Project by Peter Brown posted 11-05-2014 08:43 PM 2256 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters





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JerrySats

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#1 posted 11-06-2014 01:33 AM

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

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#2 posted 11-06-2014 01:53 AM

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

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Peter Brown

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#3 posted 11-06-2014 01:58 AM



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…

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#4 posted 11-06-2014 04:23 AM

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

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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#5 posted 11-06-2014 11:36 AM

Very good! And usefull also for sports.

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#6 posted 11-06-2014 06:07 PM

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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#7 posted 11-06-2014 06:26 PM

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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Peter Brown

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#8 posted 11-06-2014 06:29 PM



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!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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