|Forum topic by Furnitude||posted 02-17-2014 05:14 PM||763 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-17-2014 05:14 PM
I’m playing around with a design for a minimal foot rest for a three legged stool. For the front leg, I don’t have much thickness to work with, so I’m wondering if the following could work. It would be two little wings installed on either side of the tapered leg. The top part would be three inches across. These wings would be attached with stub tenons going into the side of the leg. The mortises could only be about 3/8” deep. The tenons could be 3” or so wide (or tall, meaning they would be 3” from top to bottom on the drawing). The stock for the wings would be about 3/4” thick, so the tenons would be about 3/8” thick. I was thinking of putting a 1.5” wide cap on the top of the wing so have more area for someone’s foot. It’s possible that I could have some kind of reinforcement from side to side, like an internal bolt or bolts.
People don’t normally stand on foot rests like this (see another stool I’ve made with a foot rest: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/62475) because they don’t need to. Plus, I think most people would realize the stool isn’t stable enough for that. But it’s plenty stable for sitting.
I’d love to hear commentary on whether you think the wings with tenons as described above would be relatively strong. Thanks!
-- Mitch, http://furnitude.blogspot.com Also blog at http://www.craftsy.com/blog/author/mitch-roberson/