LumberJocks

Shop stool suggestions?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by DragonLady posted 11-28-2010 04:34 AM 1011 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View DragonLady's profile

DragonLady

298 posts in 1661 days


11-28-2010 04:34 AM

I have one of these jobbies in the shop to rest my sit-upon upon:

The problem is that my tush starts going numb if I even THINK about sitting down on it. And the area to be supported is larger than the available real estate on that small top. (Yes, I did just say I have a big butt!)

While a nice shop stool is on the long list of projects to do, I have this stool now, and don’t want to waste it. I’d like to modify it somehow to have a (much!) larger seat, and also add footrests.

Any ideas?

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!


8 replies so far

View JoshIndy's profile

JoshIndy

76 posts in 1549 days


#1 posted 11-28-2010 05:35 AM

Add on a ball bearing plate (lazy susan type) then add a seat on top of that. I have one we bought from a lowes several years ago made like this but has the seat on top. We bought it on clearance to use at a drafting table. The seat added to the top is about 2” wider in each direction and has a small back (10” or so tall) and arms.

If you do this, you’ll probably need to drill a hole or two into teh top so you can attach the screws to the bottom of the seat. You could just bypass the bearing plate and add a larger seat to it with some screws from the underside.

Here’s a link to the closest example i could find online using a Google image search.
http://www.unfinishedbarstools.net/products/captains-bar-stool-30-inches.html

If interested i can take some detail pictures of how it’s all attached?

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

View jack1's profile

jack1

1924 posts in 2681 days


#2 posted 11-29-2010 03:14 AM

They make a couple of really nice stools at SEARS. They say craftsman on them but the also swivel and some have backs. I have the tall ones with the round “cocktail” table (steel tubing) but I also use one I got from MAC TOOLS that is shorter to sit at my work bench.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

View DragonLady's profile

DragonLady

298 posts in 1661 days


#3 posted 11-29-2010 03:17 AM

I thought about adding a swivel, but then I realized that I often brace workpieces between me and the bench, so swiveling wouldn’t work.

I’m thinking about just sitting down on a piece of plywood, tracing around my butt, cutting it out and screwing it on!! :) Don’t know if i have a scrap piece of plywood that big, though….

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

View docholladay's profile

docholladay

1286 posts in 1712 days


#4 posted 11-29-2010 03:27 AM

I think that I would find an appropriate sized (you can do a glue up) piece of 6/4 or 8/4 hardwood and make a sculpted seat similar to the seat of a windsor chair.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

View DragonLady's profile

DragonLady

298 posts in 1661 days


#5 posted 11-29-2010 03:29 AM

Doc, I would LOVE to do that, but two things: I don’t have (and can’t afford to buy) any hardwood. All I have is scrap construction lumber at the moment. And I don’t have the skill to carve a chair seat, nor would I even know where to start.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

View Tim Self's profile

Tim Self

15 posts in 1459 days


#6 posted 11-29-2010 04:22 AM

I took a broken kitchen chair (legs broke) and attached it to the top of my stool. Just my .02

-- Tim

View DragonLady's profile

DragonLady

298 posts in 1661 days


#7 posted 11-29-2010 05:06 AM

Tim, that’s a great idea. I’ll have to keep an eye out on Craigslist for a kitchen chair. I don’t think I’d be allowed to take the legs off the ones in the kitchen right now :)

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

View Jim Finn's profile

Jim Finn

1676 posts in 1575 days


#8 posted 12-02-2010 05:32 AM

I have a, roll around, office chair in my shop and have lowered many of the bench top type tools to make them all work while using that chair…..... Works well for me.

-- In God We Trust

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase