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Project: Shop Stool

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A shop stool is a comfortable addition to your garage or work area. Durable construction with steel legs and footrest bar. Generous 13 x 13 inch seat. Overall height of approximately 23 inches.

Creation Time: 2 hrs Skill Level: Beginner Suggested Process: MIG & Plasma

Materials Needed

  • Frame, approximately 16 total ft of 1 inch (25.4 mm) Angle Iron cut into (4) 22 inch (558.8 mm) pieces and (8) 12-1/2 inch (317.5 mm) pieces
  • Seat, ½ inch (12.7 mm) Plywood cut to 13 x 13 inches (330.2 x 330.2 mm)
  • (4) Bolts, 1 inch (25.4 mm)
  • (4) Matching Nuts
  • Paint

Examine dimensions and materials before you start. Most dimensions can be tailored to fit your exact needs. Other materials and thicknesses may also be substituted.

Tools Needed

  • Grinder
  • Square
  • Drill and Drill Bits
  • Welding Clamps
  • Chop Saw or Plasma Cutter, such as the Miller Spectrum 625
  • MIG Welder, such as the Millermatic 140
  • Safety Apparel

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1. Cut angle iron to size. You will need:
  • (4) Legs cut to 22 inches (558.8 mm)
  • (4) Bottom Frame pieces cut to 12-1/2 inches (317.5 mm)
  • (4) Top Frame pieces cut to 12-1/2 inches (317.5 mm)
If necessary, use grinder to remove burrs and sharp edges from pieces.
2. Cut a 1 inch (25.4 mm) notch in both ends of two Top Frame and two Bottom Frame pieces. This will allow the frame to fit together nicely and ensure a flush top surface.
3. Weld the four Top Frame pieces together to form a square. Make sure the frame is as square as possible. Weld on the bottom side of the frame to ensure a level top surface.
4. Weld the four Bottom Frame pieces together to form a square. Make sure the frame is as square as possible. Weld on the bottom side of the frame to hide the welds.
5. Weld the four Legs to the outside of the Top and Bottom Frames. Be sure to position legs for maximum stability.
6. Mark and drill a hole through the center of each of the Top Frame pieces.
7. Drill four holes in the Seat to the match holes drilled in the Top Frame.  
8. Brush any exposed welds smooth and paint if desired. Use bolts and nuts to attach Seat to Top Frame.  

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