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Project by muleskinner posted 07-15-2012 06:48 PM 1504 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few stools I put together. One is a kitchen stool so the grandkids can reach the martini glasses. The oak one is for the bathroom so the grandson can simplify his trajectory. The third was a request from my wife for a “meditation bench” so as to align the spinal column to the Karmic center and facilitate tantric harmony. Yeah, whatever.

These were made from salvaged pallets (sears garden tractors seem to be in season) I hauled home.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 07:01 PM

Nice benches and some good reasons to make them, too!!!!!!!!!!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Matthew Harrold

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 07:27 PM

is the step stool a similar design to the one Steve Ramsey made a couple weeks back?

-- ''if you don't know what it does... don't f*** about with it'' - Ivan Hill, my grand farther

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 07:58 PM

Beautiful work on stools. I am a little concerned that your grandkids need to reach the martini glass ;-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 10:52 PM

Matthew – probably. I know I had a picture in my mind when I built it and I don’t usually come of inspiration unbidden. On the shoulders of giants, as they say.

Monte – I figure learning how to make me a decent dirty martini is a life skill they need to learn.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#5 posted 07-15-2012 11:37 PM

where there’s a need ….

nice and clean work

the karmic conundrum continues …...

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 12:14 AM

Nice job on all of them. How did you get the angled dado dead nuts like that? I can remember my godfather teaching me how to fix him a good dirty martini at a rather young age … important stuff. Your grandsons stool all though is worthless, havent you learned no matter what us guys do our trajectory is always just a tad off ;)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 12:29 AM

Nice very functional, can you tell me what the dimensions are would like to make one for the wife so is always having me get up off the sofa to fetch her wine classes on the top shelves.

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 12:49 AM

It could be dog sh!t, and I would love it just because of the paraphrase~~

But, it isnt DS and looks great~

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#9 posted 07-16-2012 12:57 AM

Great stools. I like that they all have a specific purpose and your commentary was priceless! Really nice looking pallet wood.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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David White

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#10 posted 07-16-2012 08:08 AM

I can’t help thinking that if you get the grandkids to make you enough martinis, you won’t care about the little trajectory problem and Mrs Muleskinner won’t need to meditate.


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#11 posted 07-16-2012 09:11 AM

Nice wood colours

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Ethan Harris

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#12 posted 07-16-2012 04:10 PM

I have two kids and I am always looking for designs for stuff like this, I like yours alot.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#13 posted 07-16-2012 05:17 PM

Chrisstef – I just kind of winged it with the dados (my normal modis-operandi). I think it was about 10 degrees and then trimed the the legs with the same set. My dado set is about as crumby as they come, Avanti Pro. The best thing I can say about it is that it came in a nice wooden box (which I sure they used someone else’s blades to make). Really need to invest in a decent stack.

gfadvm and Ivan – The thing I’m finding with pallet wood is you never know what you got till you run one side through the jointer or planer. Also, I’m finding that you pull alot of nails to get a little wood. I think my stove wood/project wood ratio is running about 9/1. And that’s not counting the projects that end up stove wood.

Thanks all for the kind comments.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#14 posted 07-16-2012 06:54 PM

They’re all real nice and useful. Good work.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 07-17-2012 04:59 AM

Well build , should last for the next generation >
I can relate to those needs ,we have six of them around at the moment .

-- Kiefer 松

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