Shop Stool Build-Off #1: Shop Stool Build-Off

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Blog entry by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB posted 01-11-2014 04:43 AM 1955 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I saw on Chris Wong’s website, Flair Woodworks, an announcement for the Shop Stool Build-Off. And since I don’t currently have a shop stool, I am contemplating doing the build on January 25. I thought if I do this, I want to set an additional rule for myself: I will not buy any wood for this project, and so it must all be made from scraps. The largest scraps I currently have are the plywood leftovers from the Shop Air Cleaner build. This evening I started messing around with SketchUp and came up with this initial design. Its looking a little funky to me, but I thought I would sit with it for a few days and see what happens. The basic dimensions are currently 27″ high, 15″ wide, and 16″ deep.

All constructive criticism is appreciated.

Quick design change to the lower stretchers.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 12:08 PM

My only thought it to do a low sweep up the back of the seat up, same radius as the front. With the foot rest, this piece has a definate front and back and I believe a slight change in the top will balance it out.

Definately do the build off, it will be fun.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 12:25 PM

Looks more like furniture than a stool! Very eye catching and sleek. An observation /question – you aren’t concerned with catching pant legs or skin on those sharp edges/corners? Maybe not an issue with it being so low but that would be my luck :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 01:29 PM

I’d round over the underside of the seat edge a bit, those sharp edges look a bit menacing. Also the foot rest, just because it will get rounded off in use anyway. I like rhett’s idea of low back rest mirroring the front edge. Alternatively you could do away with the footrest altogether and make it symmetrical. I think either style stretcher would work as long the top stretcher matches the bottom one stylistically. The curved ones give the chair a very Asian feel, while straight stretchers might tone down the ‘funky’ factor.

Regardless, looks like you’re going to end up with the nicest shop stool for miles around. My shop stool was literally picked out of the dumpster and is going right back where it came from if I ever get around to making something better.

-- Ted

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