Portable Foot Stool

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Project by Carl W Richardson posted 1124 days ago 2804 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is altitude challenged and while short is cute, after several surguries on her back, legs, knees, and ankles she finds that having her legs dangle above the floor while seated in an aircraft seat or a restaurant seat is very painful for her. I made this cherry footstool that folds up and fits in her purse or carry-on bag… Flip the brass latch, open it up and remove the legs from their storage depressions and place them in their respective holes.. The stool is just the right size to stop the pain and make her comfortable.. I’m a hero!!! The legs are coat rack pegs from Woodcraft and I cut off the knobs.. Routed the depressions and super glued in some foam rubber to hold them while stored. In open position, the stool is 5” wide by 12” long and stands 3” tall…

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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Tim Kindrick

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#1 posted 1124 days ago

Nice engineering and a very thoughtful gift for your wife!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#2 posted 1124 days ago

Sometimes the genius is in the simplicity. Well done!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#3 posted 1123 days ago

Quite ingenious

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#4 posted 1123 days ago

Great idea!!!

Thanks for sharing and inspiring!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#5 posted 1121 days ago

Now THAT is why we have workshops. You are a genious, and a great husband.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 1119 days ago

Brilliant. I love it. I was at woodcraft once and one of the employees made a statement that stuck with me. “Every other project is for the wife.” haha

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#7 posted 1118 days ago

You are a hero! Nice, thoughtful project for your wife. Kinda cool too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#8 posted 1117 days ago

yup there will be cheap plastic copies in wal-mart before you know it.

Great project.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 1110 days ago

When high heels are not the answer, hubby to the rescue!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#10 posted 1050 days ago

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