Renovated Shop Stool

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Project by Cliff posted 05-13-2015 10:50 AM 1262 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The existing Stool I sit on at my Sharpening Station was in a terrible state…..The seat would fall off when I sat on it and the feet would burrow into the holes in the rubber shop mat. Basically it was of reasonable quality construction when new..50 YEARS AGO..I don’t think I will be around in another 50 years time, but with a bit of loving care, maybe the Shop Stool will see quite a few more years.

The Chromed Tubular Steel Frame was a bit rusty, but by sanding the rust away and applying rust converter, followed by a Kill Rust Product which was combination of undercoat and finish coat. PEWTER SEMI GLOSS I think it was called, the Stool has a new lease of life.
The seat is 4 pieces of 19mm (3/4inch) Ply Sandwiched and glued, then Turned down to 25.5mm (10 inches) and slightly scooped out with a Bowl Gouge just to give a bit of comfort when sitting.
The Feet are Turned from Jacaranda and drilled while on the Lathe to accommodate the three stool legs. The feet were quite a snug fit but I did Glue them with Araldite 2 part Epoxy Resin. This is a popular Glue here in Australia.
I nearly forgot to mention, the seat is attached with Coach Bolts through the Frame and up into the seat. I had to drill the original holes larger to enable the bolts to travel neatly through the Frame. The original seat was held with Wood Screws. The Finish is about 8 coats of Danish Oil, sanded between the first 4 coats.

This was a very Basic Project, but it will make life much easier in the Shop as I sit there Honing away on the Oil Stone.

Happy Wood Working and Kind Regards to all Lumber Jocks.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 05-13-2015 11:43 AM

Nice job on restoring the seat Cliff, we all need to feel comfortable in the work shop.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-13-2015 12:13 PM

Great restoration all the way. It is nice when you can make all the parts needed on your lathe!!!!!!!!!!!
It will be good for more than 50 more years. I hope you signed and dated it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-13-2015 12:36 PM

That’s a cool idea on the seat Cliff. Never thought of making wooden feet. Nice the way you scooped it out too. I wish I could of saved the one I had a few years back only a crack developed in the leg by the ring. Way to go.

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

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 10:08 AM

Thanks Bob, much appreciated. Yes the seat was a shocker the way it was. I nearly ended up on the shop floor when the seat came off as I went to sit down… should last another 50 years now.



Jim, Thank you for your encouraging words. I will take your advice regarding signing and dating my work from now on. Do you use a felt pen.



Dave, Thank you. Yes the wooden feet have been very useful as I don’t need to carefully position the stool each time I sit down. The feet cover the holes in the mat nicely.
I was lucky with the outside diameter of the stool legs. The 3/4 inch drill was just the right size.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 05-28-2015 09:50 AM

Amazing results achieved there Cliff,

I should send you some of my Gold leaf tp add some more Bling it certainly deserves it.
My son has a similar one in Sydney it underwent a make over by me and again by him just recently It will certainly see me out I tell you!

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 05-29-2015 10:13 AM

Rob, Thank you very much for your kind comments. I hadn’t thought of Gold Leaf but I do recall a project that you posted and I think you had done a really nice job with Gold Leaf?

Kind Regards,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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