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Forum topic by Rick M. posted 09-26-2012 04:22 AM 904 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick M.

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09-26-2012 04:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany walnut footstool

I started this years ago from scraps of other projects, made some mistakes and then put off finishing it, and put it off, and put it off, you get the idea. I found it while cleaning out the shop and am going to finish it come hell or high water. The idea was/is to make a padded footstool for resting my feet while at the computer or watching TV.

I have some green leather I plan to wrap around an old pillow or piece of foam or something but beyond that I’m stuck. I think I want to cut a short bevel at the bottom of the legs but what should I do for the top of the legs design-wise?

I assume I’ll attach the padding/leather to a piece of plywood but how do I attach it?

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 04:52 AM

Is the idea to have the padding sit on top of the legs with a gap between it and the apron, or to have it sit down to the apron?

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 04:56 AM

That’s the problem, there is no idea! :)

I’m not fond of having a gap but putting the cushion on the aprons may prove too awkward. I guess I could trip the tops of the legs off even with the aprons, that would certainly simplify everything.

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#3 posted 09-26-2012 05:09 AM

Taking the legs down even with the apron would make it simpler. The cushion could just sit on top, and maybe be held to the apron the same way a table top is attached. You could probably get away with just using pocket screws or fixed brackets, since the plywood won’t be moving, and the aprons won’t be getting longer or shorter.

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#4 posted 09-26-2012 05:14 AM

Yeah, I don’t know why such a simple project had me so confused. I’ve built a number of tables and should have whipped this thing out in a day. Thanks for helping to clear my brain.

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 05:15 AM

Make your own table buttons by cutting a mortise in the
side of the apron and make your own connectors.

I would notch out the corners and let is sit on the apron.

The leather would make it look nice as well.

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#6 posted 09-26-2012 05:16 AM

I know what you mean. Sometime I look at things a long time, then when I leave and come back later a much better and simpler solution just seems so obvious I wonder what I had been thinking about the first time.

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#7 posted 09-26-2012 05:52 AM

Quick, simple, off of the cuff suggestion!

How about dropping the top of the legs flush with top of the skirt, adding a bottom, just above the skirt bottom, and make the top hinged for a TV schedule, snack hiding place, bottle opener, etc.!

I would wrap the top around some foam wrapped in batting and stapled to a frame which gets a face piece mahagony pushed into the frame to hide the staples and raw edges of the leather.

Just another in any number of suggestion to come!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 09-26-2012 07:46 AM

Quick, simple, off of the cuff suggestion!

I like the idea of a hinged top, I’ll sleep on it.

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#9 posted 09-26-2012 08:09 AM

If you’re going to sleep on it you better make it bigger!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 09-27-2012 12:51 AM

If it were me, I would chamfer the top and bottom of the legs with a chamfer bit and notch the plywood to sit on the aprons. Stuff and wrap it and fasten with table top fasteners. The notched corners can be stapled or tacked to fit in. Now that’s what I would do, but I agree with oldnovice. If your going to sleep on it you better make it bigger first. LOL

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#11 posted 09-27-2012 01:07 AM

I would notch/dado/rabbit (not sure what terminology to use) the top of the legs to make a corner the same elevation as the aprons so you can set a rectangle piece of ply down on the aprons without notching it. upholster the plywood then cut another piece of ply to the inside dimensions of the aprons and attach it centered on the upholstered ply. Then it should fit snuggly onto the aprons and legs assembly. I also agree with Greg on chamfering the top and bottom of the legs. When all together you should have an L shaped corner “capturing” your cushion.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#12 posted 09-27-2012 01:47 AM

All very good suggestions. I went ahead and chamfered the bottom of the legs and like the look. Haven’t decided on the top yet.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 09-28-2012 03:08 AM

I decided to just slice the legs even with the aprons and mount the top without hinges. I started this project about 8 years ago and I just want my dang footrest. Besides I have a whole list of other projects in progress or on the list.

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#14 posted 09-28-2012 03:43 AM

Good work, get it done and …. where are the photos?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 09-28-2012 06:16 AM

I got a paying project so it comes first, nothing complicated, just carpentry. Hopefully I can finish the footrest this weekend.

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