|Project by Steve||posted 03-25-2016 02:38 PM||2121 views||10 times favorited||11 comments|
I needed a shop stool that is sturdy enough for a man who’s married to a great cook. I went to several stores and tried many different stools, but they were either uncomfortable, or too wobbly, or both. So I decided to make this heavy duty stool out of some 1-3/4” Southern Yellow Pine I had leftover from a guitar project.
The construction of the stool was pretty straight-forward. I assembled it with glue and 3-1/2” Spax Powerlag hex head screws. Since the cross-braces were in-line with each other, I had to stagger the screws by 1/4” so they would not run into each other inside the wood. I painted the screw heads black to match the seat and I really like how they look workshop-ish. The legs have a slight taper cut on the two inner surfaces at the bottom.
Since each cross brace only has one screw on each side, the glue helps to keep the brace from spinning on the screw. Also, I drilled holes in the legs that allow the screws to pass through without the threads grabbing. This way the screw will draw the brace tight against the legs when the threads grab the brace.
I topped it off with 3” thick foam from Hobby Lobby and some black denim fabric. I learned how to do screen printing in the 7th grade, so I was able to customize the stool with my logo. I love how it turned out and it’s heavy and solid like I wanted. It would make a great bar stool too!
Click here for my detailed video tutorial on screen printing. It is a simple process that costs about $60 to get started. There is a list of supplies in the YouTube video description.
Thanks for checking out my shop stool project. I really appreciate it and I’ll be posting another project soon. Steve…
-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com