We’re coming to the end of Get Woodworking Week, the brainchild of my friend and blogger extraordinaire, Tom Iovino of Tom’s Workbench. I’ve been banging my head against the proverbial wall all week trying to come up with a topic to share, so I started thinking back to what got me into woodworking. And I think this is true of many of us that have taken up this hobby and that is to believe that we can make something, usually for our homes, that fits a particular need in our lives or household that really can’t be bought in any store, or the ones you can buy are pretty much crap, and we know we can somehow do better. In my case that item was a stool. What made this stool unique to me was that it was made to help my wife while she was nursing our second child. You see, my wife (actually ex-wife now but go with me here) is relatively short at about 5′ even, and when she would use the rocking chair to nurse, her feet couldn’t make steady contact with the floor in order to go comfortably back and forth. So, I came up with the idea of making a foot stool for her that was just high enough for her to keep her feet firmly planted, but with an angled top to keep her feet at a comfortable angle. Below is what I came up with.
The top came from an old drawer front, and the legs from a short piece of poplar from Home Depot. The tools involved weren’t much-a circular saw, jigsaw for the arch on the legs, and an old router borrowed from my dad with a round-over bit, screws, glue, some stain and wipe-on poly. That’s it. It worked out perfectly for her, and when she was done using it, my mom decided it would be perfect for her to prop up her feet while at the kitchen table. My mom used it up until she passed away this past year, a good seventeen years or so of continuous use between the two of them. It’s got it’s share of dings, but has held up pretty darn well. The stool is now back with me and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, but I’m sure it’ll come in handy to someone somewhere.
It’s not much, but I made it, it got used, and that’s pretty cool.