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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 02-17-2014 05:14 PM 731 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Furnitude

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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!
M

-- Mitch, http://furnitude.blogspot.com Also blog at http://www.craftsy.com/blog/author/mitch-roberson/


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#1 posted 02-17-2014 05:30 PM

Are the legs rectangular & tapered? Are they 1 1/4” thick?

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 05:42 PM

Hey Bruce, they are hexagonal and tapered. :) Because of the taper, they go from 1 1/4” thick to about 1” thick.

-- Mitch, http://furnitude.blogspot.com Also blog at http://www.craftsy.com/blog/author/mitch-roberson/

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 05:44 PM

Oh OK let me see if I can play with a few ideas

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 08:32 PM

Here’s a different Idea. Easy to draw, not sure about actually producing it :) Have fun! Front

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 09:00 PM

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 10:44 PM

If you give it a try I would love to see pictures. You could use the basic principle about surrounding the post and then dowelling the footrest to you leg. It should be strong enough. Have fun!

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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