Ladder Back Bar Stool

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Project by ztifpatrick posted 04-28-2015 09:15 AM 1536 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this kitchen bar stool because I often find the need to reach higher cabinets or shelves
in the kitchen. The back of this stool acts as a step ladder and is canted at 14 degrees. Inspiration
came from a tripod gardening ladder, often used for picking apples. The stool is made from black
walnut and ash. The walnut seat is hand shaped using a scorp (inshave), spokeshave, drawknife and
travisher. The outside shape of the seat was roughed out on a bandsaw. The foot rest is a lamination of six pieces of 1/8” thick ash . I bent them around a form using epoxy and 21 clamps.The seat has a tenon on the back which was mortised into the back ash rail using a router.All the rungs are ash and have eased edges influenced by G&G . The finish is Waterlox original.

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#1 posted 04-28-2015 11:13 AM

Interesting design, ztifpatrick! The finish and shaping on the seat are first class. Are there more in the works? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 04-28-2015 01:30 PM

Not only a great design, but a great idea. This is a handy stool to have around. Awesome build.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 04-28-2015 01:37 PM

This turned out very nicely. This looks very similar to some that I saw in a Longhorn Steak House or maybe another restaurant.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-28-2015 02:23 PM

Great job on a very unique design. Beautiful and functional. Awesome seat shaping too. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#5 posted 04-28-2015 02:50 PM

Looks very nice.
However I often fall off 4 legged bar stools so I am almost certain to humiliate myself sitting on this one.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 04-28-2015 03:50 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments, this is my first post. I wonder now should that foot rest been rectangular in shape? It would have been easier to shape but harder to fit.

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#7 posted 04-28-2015 07:41 PM

great looking school. I really like the sculpted seat.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 04-28-2015 08:21 PM

Very nice stool!
Wondering if that rung will be strong enough when someone puts BOTH their feet up on it?

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#9 posted 04-28-2015 10:32 PM

The rung is laminated ash and is quite strong in spite of its look. There is a notch in the front leg that it’s seated into with a screw and epoxy. Only time will tell , fingers crossed!

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#10 posted 04-30-2015 01:56 AM

Very practical and unique, great work.

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