Victorian leg rest

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Project by Zipsss posted 05-13-2008 05:51 PM 3177 views 23 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While touring south Jersey we lodged one night at a Victorian inn in Cape Cod, and this particular device was situated by a very comfortable arm chair in our room. After pondering ( for several hours) about the use of this simple structure I found a set of instructions about it’s use written in the bottom.

I used some scrap pine and in a couple of hours made three of this foot rest as presents and to puzzle my family and friends.

In case you feel like building one, it has the shape of an upside “T” with one side of the “T” being 9”, the other one about 11”, for a total of 20” 3/4” and the perpendicular part about 18”, and 11” wide. It is surprisingly comfortable and easy to use. According to how tall you are, or how big are your feet, you can use the short side of the “T”, or the long side, which ever is more comfortable.

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 05-13-2008 05:56 PM

interesting for sure!!!!

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#2 posted 05-13-2008 06:14 PM

thats cool.

-- bryano

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#3 posted 05-13-2008 06:23 PM

That’s a pretty neat device

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#4 posted 05-13-2008 06:28 PM

Neat, Simple & Functional… Who could ask for more?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 05-13-2008 07:07 PM

This would have been a good “what is it?” post. I am sure a lot of us would not have had a clue. This is an interesting and functional piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 08:18 PM

yes very nice, its always good to look at something different, do you use this a lot?

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#7 posted 05-13-2008 09:21 PM

Can’t say I’ve ever seen one of those before. Thanks for the post.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 05-13-2008 10:07 PM

That’s a new one for me. Sure does look like fun to build.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#9 posted 05-13-2008 11:23 PM

Yes, very interesting. I would never have guessed what it was.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#10 posted 05-16-2008 12:08 AM

And we think hightech has all the answers. Thanks I will have to put it on my growing todo list.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#11 posted 08-06-2008 07:39 AM

Hi, Zipsss. I made a version of this I’ll be posting soon. It is surprisingly comfortable and a great conversation piece. Thanks.

-- Jason

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#12 posted 08-06-2008 02:13 PM

Thanks for the post, Zipsss. I tip my hat to Jason also.

I am going to mark this in my favorites stack. You all have challenged me to make one and I am going to try to make one that is folding and lightweight. We may have the “latest” craze here!!!

I’ll give you all head start on the engineering. I have got several irons in the fire so I won’t be able to devote time to it until I am guessing Christmas of ‘09.

Keep us posted, Zipsss and Jason.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#13 posted 08-06-2008 03:37 PM

Fun. I would be hanging my socks on it or something if I saw one in my room ;-)

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#14 posted 01-28-2010 10:17 PM

very interesting….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 07:01 PM

now thats different

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