Confiscated Workshop Stool

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Project by Neil Davis posted 411 days ago 1992 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this stool for my workshop from a ShopNotes issue and once finished my wife said she wanted to borrow it for the kitchen. It is still there. I had an antique piano stool that had the acme threaded rod for raising and lowering the seat and so I took the antique stool apart for the item. Turns out the antique stool is worth way more then the cost of a new acme threaded rod from Lee Valley.

The stool is made from Red Oak per the plan and uses oxide coated square head bolts for the foot rest connections. Overall I am pleased with the stool and will be making another one for my “Shop”.

On the next iteration of the stool I am going to use threaded wood to replace the metal acme threaded rod and bent laminate for the legs instead of solid wood cut from a large piece of oak. Also, I am going to make a wooden bent laminate ring for the foot rest instead of the metal. My hope is that it will be completely made from wood.

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#1 posted 411 days ago

Really nice work. Like you, I made a step stool a couple of years ago and my wife borrowed it for the kitchen. And like you it’s still there too.

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#2 posted 411 days ago

Nice work no wonder it was borrowed long term.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 411 days ago

Now THAT ... is a cool stool!

I have an old metal stool (from a hospital no less) that has the screw-to-adjust seat height. If (and when) I ever get my new shop building up I might just take a look at doing something similar to this. THANKS for sharing.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 410 days ago

So, when the new, better looking all wood version is done you’ll get to take the original back to use in the workshop? All kidding aside, this is a great looking work stool.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#5 posted 410 days ago

The real problem here is that you made it too nice for a shop and your wife recognized that. Beautiful!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#6 posted 410 days ago

I like your iteration plans. Four identical bent laminate legs shouldn’t be too hard, and, of course, it will be stronger and more respectful of the world wood supply.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#7 posted 410 days ago

nice looking stool. You next one sounds seven nicer.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 407 days ago

Good looking and well made stool, matches the kitchen that’s why wife borrowed it. Great job! Love to see the second one made from all wood.

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