New look for an old stool.

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Project by Roz posted 08-26-2013 01:48 PM 1373 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this is not much of a woodworking project but I want to show off my new skill. I was considering throwing this old stool away. I have had it since I was about age 14. I have used it for years as a guitar stool and it has gone many places with me so I was reluctant to give it the toss. I has been altered, mistreated, beaten and repaired.

Then it occurred to me that I might be able to make a cushion for it from left over upholstery material and foam from another project. So I got my wife’s new sewing machine out and this is the result.

I used my band saw to cut the 4’ thick foam and it worked great for that job. We had to execute an old pillow for its stuffing to round the top of the seat a bit. In a couple of hours I had this. I think it came out pretty good. Once I made the cloth cover I stuffed it and slid it over the wooden seat attaching it to the underside with staples.

Sowing in a circle was not as easy as I thought it would be. I had to make a few restarts. Just removed some stitches and gave it another try; no need for another long piece and a recut with this. I left the old battered finish on it; scars from the road. The sowing machine survived and still works, I think.
Eventually, woodworking is going to lead to upholstery. Sewing seems like a useful skill in that light. Besides, I saw Norm do upholstery it on TV…..

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 01:51 PM

Very nice job, Roz! Better be careful…. your wife will have you mending her clothes next. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 03:47 PM

It looks very cushy and comfortable Terry. Nice work and a good save!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 08-27-2013 07:22 AM

Man you’re a versatile devil Terry, great way to treat an old friend you have shared many a happy hours with, :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 04:58 PM

Great decision on keeping the stool and giving it new life. Great work on the stylish cushion, like the stripes and colors. You’re very talented.

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