Oak Shop Stool

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Project by oldguy2 posted 09-14-2015 06:47 PM 845 views 5 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was finally ready to do a scrap wood project. My excess is in oak pieces. Now the title here says a Shop Stool so that is where it will go but the photo shows it off in the kitchen with the work center also in oak. the work top is oak and cherry and many coats of oil to seal the work surface. Just shows you why you oil it once a week for many months and what you get in return.
For the stool the legs are the longest scrap at 25 1/2 and 2 1/2 wide. In the second shot you see the frame like a capital letter A that’s how I planned the size on the bench to be 24 inch high and where the cross pieces would set. That established the angle and I had the seat from left overs so the seat was planned as a 9 by 14. So that set the top width, and I could spread the bottom 14” as I thought safe for my 190 pounds. First I glued and clamped the sample and checked it then made the second one. Then went back and added screws.
At the top I made a box ( about 10×6 x 2 ) and bolted it ( 4 carraige bolts I had ) between the top rails and there is a double piece under the lower shelf boards to stiffen the lower frame, now happy it did not wiggle I added the 5 shelf boards with chamfered edges to add some detail. I hand planed a chamfer in a few minutes.
Now the last part was the seat. I doweled the long side boards on to add more seat width, easy with a Shopsmith. But I thought long and hard how not to use pocket screws to add the seat but at last gave in and used my mini pocket ( since it was all assembled ) to put in 5 screw pockets inside the box and all went well.
Bolts, Oak, screws, glue, spray poly, and a bit of cutting and planing and I am pleased with this Shop Stool.
24 1/2 in high seat 14 by 12 base 12 1/2 by 14 Fun unmeasureable …

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