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SAKOF... Don't step on me Stool!

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 01-11-2018 05:12 AM 2395 views 11 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone was posting pictures if their stools and then a few old timers felt left out and posted theirs…. Well I’m an old timer and never comfortable with being upstaged or mushroomed (kept in the dark)... I decided to present, to all you unfortunates, my SAKOF....

What does SAKOF stand for? When I made the stool, a friend of mine complacently inquisitioned me about what the hell was it for… (now ex-friend I should add). This being one of those experimental builds rather than a functional requirement, I answered it could be used as,
  • a stool
  • a vase stand
  • fruit bowl stand
  • piano stool
  • bar stool…
  • in fact you could turn it upside down and have it scratch you and three of your mates’ bums….

its aSwiss Army Knife Of Furniture.

Of course it all started with SketchUp.

I actually purchased the Pro version of SketchUp so I could use it’s Layout feature to create 1:1 ratio PDF prints that the laser used.

This was the first woodworking project I made use of my laser for. While the parts required were too thick for laser cutting, I cut some following templates that I then used with my router.

Being an experimental build, my choice of wood (actually I didn’t know any better) was 19mm KD hardwood (Tassie Oak I believe) from Bunnings. I didn’t realise that you could get 45mm KD off the shelf and thinking that 25mm would be a bit beefier for my weight, I made a sandwich of 19mm and 2×3mm laminates of the KD boards,

using my hand-pump vacuum press bag,

A quick bit of surgery on the bandsaw and I had 4 steadier legs than mine were and already shapelier,

Mounted the templates and quickly made those legs stocking worthy using my router table,

I found this gizmo called a Staedtler that I thought was a metal toothpick back in my school days.

When I Googled it I found you could draw circles with it… (if only I had Google back in 1962, I might have used that gizmo in my Latin classes… to prick that prick of a Latin teacher… Brother Francis),

With a bit of tablesaw, drill press, scroll saw and bandsaw manicuring, parts started to take shape,

Then it dawned on me… I can cut templates for more than just legs on my laser… damn… I could have saved all that Google reading trying to identify that thing called Staedtler,

and with a bit of disc sanding, the dings and dents were removed

Then all I had to do was screw it all up,

... OK… I may have neglected to mention that minor step of making a couple of threads… NO #4... with the H.

The plans called for dowels to attach the legs so they were dynamically adjustable… Had a piece of Jarrah

dying to be turned,

Then with some dexterous manipulation on the drill press, the holes for the dowels were evacuated,

The tricky part was then to align those holes with the legs themselves in the stool top,

And the same with the centre brace,

All that was left was the assembly,

but only after a bloody good shellacking,

With the dowels trimmed,

You finish up with a SAKOF,






The tragedy of this build and the christening of SAKOF is that as a joke, I started an email blog of what am I (as a sample)... It usually consists of a picture with SAKOF as the leading star, on the next page is a hint (if required), then follows the solution and the last page attempts to justify my twisted mind and reassure you that to be wrong is not catastrophic… A you may imagine I quickly ran out of most of the derivatives of ”stool” and started a who/what am I using SAKOF as the vehicle to hold the props… Some may have been clever, but after around 120 instalments I was plucking more hairs out of my rrs… than a magician does rabbits out of a hat… I never had the luxury of Ellen Degeneres’ script writer!

Fortunately back then I still had friends and consequently a captive involuntary audience for all my SAKOFs… hmm… they probably stopped speaking /writing to me near the end of my SAKOF streak… probably out of disappointment.

As always, if your stool is hard… read this article again or take a couple of laxettes for relief!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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robscastle

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#1 posted 01-11-2018 05:26 AM

OMG what a bragger!!
Nice Job nice story nice construction notes
Thats some complicated construction, and however I must say very well done!
Mushroomed? well here is my effort
A mushroom stool pocket hole construction and compound miter saw cuts
wood dowels and paint.

-- Regards Rob

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htl

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#2 posted 01-11-2018 05:57 AM

That’s one cool stool you made there Ducky!!!
And your too Rob!!!
But I must add that Computers and pocket hole construction hadn’t been invented yet or at least not ones we could get hold of at the time when I built mine.

But I have to ask are you sure that’s the stool you built?
The second to last picture shows a price tag. HMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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majuvla

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 06:01 AM

Awesome project! I like the joinery and spiral lifting stool mechanism.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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crowie

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#4 posted 01-11-2018 06:39 AM

Mechanical artwork that could be sat upon…. very swish Ducky!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 01-11-2018 06:43 AM

Thanks gents…

#4, wish I could take credit for it but the price tag gave it away…

Actually it’s made from the plans that came with the Beall Wood Threader... Just bought it and thought I’d try the stool to play with the threader… that’s why I only used “low grade” timber… and got carried away.

rc, never made a mushroom but I have a distant cousin of it,

A toadstool….

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#6 posted 01-11-2018 07:25 AM

So where is this price tag, I see none,
I do see a members card with
Members Name: Axxx Karaxx
and
Member No 754xxx
with
an expiry date of XX XXX 2013

Whilst we are on the subject of finding weird things, ... whats the arrow (graphic) and CL on picture 25/26? ....
too many beers this time of day its a wonder I can even type any sense. (that would be a first!)

-- Regards Rob

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Dutchy

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#7 posted 01-11-2018 08:33 AM

I only have viewed the pictures. And I like the stool.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 01-11-2018 08:34 AM


Member No 754xxx

That’s my Diabetes card… Must have paid for it with my blood… or some other body part…


... the arrow and CL on pic…
- robscastle

Damn rc, I was looking for Indians and CLint Eastwood from Rawhide….

Then finally realised you were talking about my old drill press..

Actually I thought it would be obvious… The two way arrow is for Indians that don’t know which side they’re on and the CL stands for direCtion for chuck Leverage.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 01-11-2018 08:43 AM


I only have viewed the pictures. And I like the stool.

- Dutchy


Thanks Dutchy, but you should never look at the pictures… They are full of lies… It’s the words that tell the truth!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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irtamos

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#10 posted 01-11-2018 10:20 AM

Great design.

-- irtamos, Belgium

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htl

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#11 posted 01-11-2018 10:21 AM

Your a wiser man than I Dutchy!!!
I nearly had to go to the eye doctor then my wife told me to open them and all was better, not great because I was only half way through the post. ;-[
Nice build Ducky, and the How-to wasn’t to bad ether, quite interesting in fact.

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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pmayer

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#12 posted 01-11-2018 11:53 AM

That is incredible! Thanks for sharing the story with us.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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hunter71

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#13 posted 01-11-2018 01:28 PM

Very nice.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Jeremymcon

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#14 posted 01-11-2018 02:55 PM

Drooling over your ability to cut threads in wood. I’m not sure why, but something about wooden screws really fascinates me. Some day…

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GR8HUNTER

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#15 posted 01-11-2018 03:11 PM

you could step up on this stool with enuff vino in ya
but better save that for the gray one in pictures 1 and 2
great idea with the diabetes card except for you ruin you card to be admitted
WHAT wood did you use for threaded rod ?
as you didn’t mention nothing about that unless i zoned out for a minute which is possible
GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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