Adjustable Height Stool

It's easy to adjust this shop stool to a comfortable working height — just give the seat a spin.

When it comes to finding a place in the shop that’s at a comfortable working height, I often feel like Goldilocks looking for the perfect size chair. Depending on the project I’m working on, it’s either too tall or too short. (Alright, sometimes it does happen to be just right.) But more often than not, the table height is somewhere in between. That’s why I built this shop stool. It has a threaded wood post that raises and lowers the seat like an old-fashioned piano stool. (The seat adjusts from 22½" to 29½".) So where do you get a post with wood threads? It’s simple — you make it yourself. I know, it sounds complicated. But it isn’t much more difficult than sharpening a pencil. All it takes is a dowel and a simple thread-cutting jig. Next, to create a stable base, a stool needs to be wider at the bottom than the top. This usually requires a lot of fussing around with tricky angles. But with this stool, I avoided that altogether. The secret is a gentle, ‘S-shaped’ curve on each leg. All of the details you need to make this adjustable stool are in the plans... So let's get started.



What You Get:

  • 13 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 54 full-color photos and illustrations
  • Retail sources for hardware and supplies

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