Small Folding Stool

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 10-01-2012 04:25 PM 4282 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this small folding stool based off a video I saw on Wood Working for Mere Mortals.
It was very easy to make; didn’t take long, and was fun.
It is made completely from reclaimed oak shipping crate wood.
(minus the hardwood dowel which was laying around the shop.)

Thank you Steve Ramsey.

The open dimensions are approximately 15 1/2”H X 10”D X 12 1/4 W.
Folded up it’s about 3 1/2” D .

This stool works great around the shop for old guys like me, where arthritic knees make kneeling pretty much out of the question.
And, it takes up hardly any space when closed.
It only weighs about 5 pounds or so.

I will probably make a few more to put in the car trunk, kitchen closet and so on.

The finish was Boiled Linseed Oil and Wax.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 04:43 PM

Looks great and handy. I love making things from Reclaimed wood. If you screw up it was just fire wood anyway. :)

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 05:37 PM

Very nice and easy to make.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 05:39 PM

Cool stool ,nice job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 05:50 PM

Cool stool!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 06:01 PM

Nice job on the stool!

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 06:23 PM

Great job Eric. That stool looks fantastic.

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 06:44 PM

Who ever came up with that design did a great job. I have found that a wood or metal pin (or two) on the inside edge of the tops (where they come together) can be used to lock them together and prevent lateral movement. Much like the leaves in most dinning tables.
I have made this design for stools like yours all the way up to card table size. Where appearance is important you can screw the tops and stretchers together from the bottom side with recessed screw holes and even plug the holes for a full cover up. For tables the edges can be routed with a pattern of your choice.
There was a woodworker I knew who use to make them end table size and sell them at the local Saturday market when the nearby university started it’s fall session. He sold all he could make to the students for use in their dorm rooms. He kept his very basic so he could sell them inexpensively.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 06:53 PM

nice stool

they say as we get older
we get smaller

keep a block of 12/4 wood handy
you can sit on it soon
and eat dinner off the stool

-- 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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#9 posted 10-01-2012 07:16 PM

Very nice sturdy stool!....................Jim

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

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#10 posted 10-01-2012 08:01 PM

very cool!

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 08:19 PM

Great Job!! And nice touch by using reclaimed wood!!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 09:32 PM

+1 on Oregon’s post! I love screwing up some wood.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 10-01-2012 09:51 PM

Great idea Wrecker. Nice work.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 10-01-2012 10:03 PM

Yeah, yours looks a lot prettier than mine! Nice job! It still amazes me that most pallets down here wind up getting burned where the wood still has so much life left in it!

-- No matter where you go, there you are!

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#15 posted 10-01-2012 11:21 PM

Very nice and practical, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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