Shop stool made from only 2x4s

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Project by BPatterson posted 02-10-2014 09:38 AM 36484 views 39 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, this is my first project on lumberjocks…It is not difficult or particularly impressive but I figured I would share it anyway.

It is based on the stool plans from found here

I started by ripping all the rounded edges off the 2×4s. Then I glued up three pieces of 2×4 for the seat. Then I ripped two 2×4s in half for the legs and put a compound bevel on them with the miter saw. I made the slats by re-sawing a 2×4 on the table saw and also cut the angles on the slats with a miter saw. Everything was connected with pocket screws.

This thing is really sturdy and could easily be modified to be a tool stand instead of a stool.

It will give me a place to sit while I think of new ways to make my shop dirty! :)

Thanks for looking!


-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 12:44 PM

Came out very nice. Looks sturdy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 01:00 PM

thanks! I will probably end up staining it for the practice but then again, I kinda like how it looks unfinished. :-)

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 01:08 PM

looks good, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 01:48 PM

You can say its “not particularly impressive” but it seems to me like it incorporates a lot of different skills and tools. Seems like if you can build that stool you should be able to build quite a few different “more impressive” things. I think I might build one. I like it.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 02:52 PM

Nice job Brandon!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 03:17 PM

Way to go Brandon. Now you got me thinking that I need to make one too.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 03:31 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind words and encouragement!

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 05:29 PM

A worthwhile project. Well done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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DeLayne Peck

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 07:34 PM

Welcome to LJs! Great job!!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#10 posted 02-10-2014 09:07 PM

That looks great, really nice. I am going to think about how to do that and add a backrest.

Also, I could make that and employ it as a grinder stand – that i made to the correct height for my taste. I would have to do some real thinking to cut all those angles as well as you did, however. I might end up with a straight leg design!

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#11 posted 02-10-2014 10:14 PM

Nice Job Brandon!

I can see these in my future ….

I don’t know if anyone watched the video and noticed the jig he was using to make the “compound cuts” (his words). It looked interesting and useful. However, I am on the fence on his use of both the mitre gauge/jig and the rip fence. I’ve had beaten into my head never to use both the mitre gauge and the table saw fence (and I don’t), but I struggling with determining whether how he used the two in the video is dangerous or not. I would have used a spacer block before the blade for alignment and repeatability.


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#12 posted 02-11-2014 12:44 AM

jimintx – thanks I would love to see what you come up with for the back rest. depending on the size of your grinder, it may actually be a good size as is. If you check out the link above Jay does a great job of explaining the angles and has free plans that are easy to follow. If I can do it, you can too!

Greg – I considered making the jig but figured it would be a good opportunity to learn how to use the “compound” feature on my sliding compound miter saw. =D

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 04:25 AM

Brandon, Great project and welcome to LJ’s

-- I never finish anyth

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#14 posted 02-11-2014 04:30 AM

Very Cool, Nice Job!


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#15 posted 02-11-2014 01:33 PM

I like that. I need to make a couple for my shop. Thanks for sharing!

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