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Project by speedingtickets posted 08-13-2010 10:11 PM 1769 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor removed a large fir tree that skirted our property line and the last slab to be cut off the stump caught my eye. I took advantage of their generosity and took the lumber off their hands. This project took 2 years to complete but that’s mostly because I hadn’t make up my mind on how to best use it.

My then 4 year old found great joy in helping me strip the bark and sand it down with a palm sander. At 6 years old he figured it was time to finish the thing and make it usable. I recovered the bottom of an old laboratory stool that was headed for the dumpster. I figured having an old piece from the place that invented stem cell transplants would be a great conversational piece. After a little mortise and tenon style joinery, we fastened the casters on the bottom with some gorilla glue and called the project done.

The Mrs. took a gander and had that look on her face, you know the one, and I knew it would never see the inside of the house. As luck would have it I figured another use for it. The kids had turned in for the night and I thought I’d head out to the shop to put down some plans on paper for another project. I figured the stump table would make a really uncomfortable stool which would prompt me to head back inside after about fifteen minutes. Well two hours went buy and thus the new shop stool was born.

Thanks for lookin!

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 11:35 PM

It is what it is…......... but what is it?

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 12:11 AM

Very creative use, but isn’t it top heavy? Looks like it might tip over and break a few toes, or maybe a whole foot. I do like the fact that you had your son out in the shop, it’ll help him in the future. Not nearly enough parents spend time with their kids doing useful activities anymore. Thanks for doing your part!

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 12:20 AM


Not terribly top heavy as the casters below cover a pretty wide diameter. I wouldn’t stand on the edge but plopping down hasn’t been a problem yet. As for the kido. I got another little guy who just finished building his toolbox, pics and another post to come later. Just hope I don’t scare the boys away from the shop.

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 02:23 AM

cool job, I have a perfectly round slab of oak I don’t know what to do with now I have an idea, thanks.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 04:16 AM

I hope the huge slab does not give you license to increase the size of your fanny to fit the seat? Very unique seat, I must say and rather attractive.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 12:09 PM

Very interesting stool you have there, pretty cool and working with your son must have been great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 03:25 PM

I doubt that you will scare your boys away. I would expect them to drift away as they reach the teen years, but would wager that they’ll come back as they grow older and wiser. Who knows one or both may become master craftsmen. No doubt that at some point they’ll look back and remember with fondness the time spent in the shop with dear old dad. Have a happy day!


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