Workshop stool: DIY recycling scrap wood and using galvanized pipe!

Jan 08 2018
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How I built a simple workshop stool using almost only materials that I had on hand. So, we’ve had several of these “bases” sitting out in the barn since the beginning of time. Honestly I really don’t know why my grandparents’ had several of them or what they were used for but I kept them in a safe spot anyway. When I started looking into building some stools for my deck I ran into stools built using galvanized pipe that I really liked. At first I started thinking about how to build a base to attach my pipe to and then, of course, I remembered these just sitting out in the barn. I grabbed three of them and got to work!

How to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipeHow to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipe

First thing was first: I determined I needed the bases to be sturdier so I checked my little “wood closet” in my workshop in the basement and I spotted two large pieces of 2×12 that I had cut out of the wood countertop in the basement kitchen for the sink. One look and I knew they would work great so I cut them into 3 pieces each. With six roughly 10″x10″ boards ready to go I went on the look out for some bolts, washers and nuts.

My only purchase from town was three 12″ long pieces of galvanized pipe (threaded on both ends) and six 1/2″ floor flanges. (Yeah, I looked that one up, I had no idea those screw in bracket things were called floor flanges – I learn something new every day.)

How to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipeHow to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipe

I decided bolts would be a better idea for sturdiness (I kept imagining myself leaning a bit too far on that one lone galvanized pipe and the whole thing breaking at the base and depositing me smack on the floor.) I honestly cant remember the project I had purchased these for and the bolts were much longer then necessary but I was pretty excited because I could make them work. I used a clamp to keep the board in place on the base then I drilled out each of the four holes for the flange.

I decided they would also be sturdier if my pipe would first have to thread down through the board and the base before screwing into the flange. So I used a 1/2″ hole bit dead center between my four holes for my flange. (That, my dear friends, is called a Speedbor MAX speed bit and they’re made by Irwin and I won’t ever purchase a spade or paddle bit again. Speedbor bits are more expensive then spade bits HOWEVER they are absolutely incredible, I garantee that once you start using them you won’t ever go back to letting a spade bit rip your hand off again.)

How to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipeHow to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipe

Now it was time for assembly. For the seat I ran my bolts through a washer, down through the seat and into my flange and then tightened my nuts down. For the base it was the exact same thing, down through the top board with the bolt and a washer, tightened with nuts underneath. From there I sanded my bases down and stained them to match using Dark walnut by Minwax.

I had some red vinyl leftover from my Cosco stool project that I used on two of the stools, the other stool I used some old black felt I also had leftover from a project. When I built my new bed I were left with MOUNTAINS of batting and foam from my old air mattress/bed that I refused to throw away because, damnit, batting is really expensive! Yay, I finally used some of if! Two pieces of foam cut to the size of the seat made a nice comfy mound. I did nothing special to “upholster” these seats, I just used my hand stapler and got it on there nice and snug before trimming the excess.

How to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipe

How to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipe

Then, I just screwed the seats on and I now have some great rustic seating for my workshop! On top of that, the stool with the black seat has provided a place to sit at the desk in my guest bedroom and library too (stayed tuned for that post here in a few weeks!)

How to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipeHow to build workshop stool that are adjustable in height, rugged country wood working project tutorial out of barn wood and galvanized pipe

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16 Comments

  1. January 12, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Going to show this to my husband, this is something he might want to make for the workshop. Found you on Bloggers Pit Stop Link Party.

    • January 12, 2018 at 3:08 am

      Have a great weekend, thanks for coming by!

  2. January 12, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Oh clever you! Thanks for sharing your idea with us at #BloggersPitStop and I’ve shared on social media. Have a great weekend!

    • January 12, 2018 at 3:08 am

      Thanks Sue so much for coming by!

  3. Jann Olson
    January 13, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Turned out cute. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  4. January 13, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    That is a great use of things you already had. Looking forward to your next post.
    Joy

    • January 16, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much Joy, have a great week!

  5. January 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Nice Stool DIY. Thanks for sharing at the inspiration spotlight party @DearCreatives . sharing PS happy new year!

  6. January 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Great Diy. Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  7. January 18, 2018 at 8:50 am

    It is a gorgeous industrial look workshop stool! You did excellent work! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Link Party 🙂

    • January 18, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you so much Christina!

  8. February 15, 2018 at 4:17 am

    I like the industrial look of these stools.

    I’m especially glad to have learnt about the Speedbor tool in this post. I have tried to do many jobs with cabinets or particleboard using spade bits and, unsurprisingly, they have always been messy.

    I’m clearly buying one set off Amazon in the next few minutes.

    You’re a great DIY inspiration, I’m looking forward to your next post.

    • February 15, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you! Yup the Speedbor bits are a little more pricey but I will never go back. As you mentioned the spade bits can be really hard on the material you’re working with too. Thanks for coming by, reading and commenting!

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