Buying turned legs retail?

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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 07-25-2011 03:52 PM 1054 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2011 03:52 PM

A coworker asked me if I could build a small step stool for his kids. He has a 4 year old and a two year old and wants something they can use to brush their teeth, help in the kitchen, etc. He wants turned legs instead of solid sides because he thinks the extra weight will make it too hard for the kids to pick it up and move it. I don’t have a lathe and am not planning on getting one in the near future, so have started to look at buying the turned legs retail. Does anyone have any experience doing this, and if so can you offer any advice (good or bad) for the retailer you purchased from? The normal places (Rockler, Woodcraft, etc) come to mind. Anywhere else I should look?

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 04:07 PM

Osborne wood products is another site to check out.

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 04:46 PM

Would the client be receptive to tapered legs, shaker style?

I can’t see where turned legs will save any substantial weight over traditional stool design, and has the potential to be much less safe (rickety), but I’m not the customer.

If all else fails, maybe you could pick up some inexpensive stools from Ikea or some place similar, or even a flea market or yard sale, and remove the spindles from them to reuse on your project.

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 08:57 PM

Do they have to be tapered? If not, buy a thick dowel and cut the legs out of it.

I can think of a couple of ways to securely attach them to the stool, but you can probably figure that our for yourself.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 07-25-2011 09:12 PM

It kind of goes against my personal philosophy but time is time and money is money. I’ve never ordered them but I’ve seen some nice examples in the main catalogs (Rocker, etc.). I seem to remember them being quite expensive. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 07-25-2011 10:14 PM

Try Classic Designs also. High quality work but a bit expensive; probably less than Rockler though. Matt’s website is

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 04:00 AM

Thanks for the advice. I think I’m going to go with the suggestion of finding some cheap furniture at a yard sale or flea market and reusing the legs from it.

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