Remodeled Shop Stool

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So the other day I was going through my You Tube subscriptions and I came upon this video from Adrian where he makes a shop stool from scrap wood.
A final coat of wood wax and I am very pleased with the final results, AND it is comfortable to sit on.
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After watching it I realized I did not have enough scrap to build the legs and supports. I figure, though, that since I already had a shop stool (albeit ratty)I could just rehab the seat.
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I put together some scraps and started the glue up process. What you are looking at is a center piece of 4” x 4” cedar fence post (cut down to 3.5” x 3”). On either side is 2×4’s with the small center piece turned up to reveal edge grain next to the longer side grain. Next to that is a piece of long 2×4 followed by a thin strip of Hickory from my old barnwood buy. The final end piece is another long grain 2×4.

I then temporarily mounted the block to the legs and traced the old stool seat.
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I bought a long (4.5”) jig saw blade and cut out the circle. After a LOT of planing and sanding I got the shape the way I wanted.
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The finish was to first treat the wood with my trusted Lemon Oil. After that dried I applied 5 coats of water based High Gloss Poly. I found it easiest to mount the seat and then do the Poly. The metal plate is from the old seat and serves no purpose other than I thought it would help to keep the new seat level and strong.
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A final coat of wood wax and I am very pleased with the final results, AND it is comfortable to sit on.
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Thanks for looking and keep on making sawdust :)

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#1 posted 167 days ago

Looks great, glad that you find it comfortable. (my boney butt would need a dished out relief of a cushion)
My old stool is in need of a new seat, I think I will copy your idea … with some modifications.
Thanks for sharing

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#2 posted 167 days ago

Nice. Thought about doing something like that myself, just can’t seem to find the time.

-- wood tick tools for turners by woodtickgreg @

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#3 posted 167 days ago

Grumpymike – Yes a scoop out would probably be nice but beyond my skill level at this point and I don’t spend that much time sitting :)

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#4 posted 167 days ago

This is great. Love it. Maybe I can use this idea on some folding chairs. Thanks for sharing.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Scott Oldre

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#5 posted 167 days ago

Definitely going into the favorites. I can think of a lot of friends who would appreciate a stool like this. Thanks for sharing

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 167 days ago

Neat work. Real comfortable I’ll bet and sure to last a long, long time.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 167 days ago

Nice. A smart piece of furniture for the shop. Now, where to find some old legs …..

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#8 posted 167 days ago

This will now keep me on the look out at yard sales for a used stool! Nice job!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#9 posted 166 days ago

Although the solid wood would (I know-BAD PUN)—be hard for my arthritis to be on long; I do love your layout and design!

My shop stoll was a Salvation Army thrift store special! It was $4 THEN they gave me the old FOGGY discount—so it came to $3.60 and no sales tax!

One of my best value buys for a while!

Very neat looking stool.

-- just rjR

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#10 posted 166 days ago

Excellent work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 164 days ago

The wood scraps came out great. It looks really better than store bought ones. It will serve you very well in the shop. Great job!

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