Recycled Maple Shop Stool

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Project by JR_Dog posted 06-29-2012 07:53 PM 2072 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I had more left over maple from the old futon I found hanging around, and yes everyone still has a bed, but this was what I did with the rest of the wood I’d used for my bench I made a few weeks back:

I was sick of standing all the time and also I’d recently watched the Wood Whisperer’s video on draw boring and thought I could try it out on a stool. It worked well; I only did it where the legs meet the bottom of the seat and some of the bore holes were not off by the 1/16 I needed to draw the legs in (Go figure when I try to mis-align holes they actually line up; what a rookie) but I did manage to get the hang of it and two of the 4 legs, nice that they’re opposite corners and opposite side (Diagonal) from each other, are very tight. Besides I glued the recessed joint and the dowels so I don’t think it’ll budge much.

I’m real happy with how it came out and I think I’ll have it around for a while.

To make the legs I glued two pieces of maple together and then shaped them on the table saw and router table (round over bit). The seat is 4 pieces of the maple glued and shaped and I also Mortise and Tenon the leg braces that fit into the seat and also the cross braces that fit into the leg supports too… some of this may be obvious to you more seasoned guys since I said I did a draw bore… but for the most part I just wanted to say it again because I’m jazzed I know how to do it now. (Thanks Wood Whisperer!)

And thanks to all that check out the little stool that could.

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 08:18 PM

Great solid very well build sitting stool.
Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 02:53 AM

Thank you GMman, have a great weekend.

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 03:12 AM

Nice….Good use of an old futon…..perhaps even better than the first use…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 09:57 AM

Great Stool

Looks very stable and nice clean lines.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 02:23 PM

Solid looking stool. I like it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 08:19 PM

Thank you all

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#7 posted 07-01-2012 11:59 PM

Nice recycle. Ive found having a stool in the shop is priceless. Nice tight build there.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 07-02-2012 06:12 PM

Thanks Chrisstef; I”m looking forward to seeing some of your new projects now that you have your new bear

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