Height Adjustable Workshop Stool From an Old Office Chair

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Trash to Treasure

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Trash to Treasure

Being an aircraft mechanic, I end up working in all kinds of body positions, standing, sitting, lying down, upside-down, and reaching overhead.
To save my knees, sometimes I use a mechanics rolling seat, instead of kneeling.
Sometimes I work on a bench, but my rolling seat is too short to sit and work from at a bench.
The shop only has one, and it is normally in use, plus it is bare metal and uncomfortable.
I could'vebought one, but that's just against my nature.

Recently one of my coworkers had a mechanics seat that the welds failed on, so he gave it to me for scrap metal.
At the same time, an office chair broke, and it was by the door to be thrown away.

Step 1: Dr Frankenstein

I removed the comfortable top from the broken mechanics seat, saving the hardware.
Then I removed the seat bottom from the broken office chair, the fasteners required an Allen wrench, but I have a tool box full of tools.
The office chair base was still solid, and the wheels are perfect.
I lined up two of the holes in the office chair base with two screw holes in the mechanics seat top. The holes were too large, but a washer under each screw head solved that problem.

Step 2: It's Alive!

Now I have a perfect work stool for bench work, and any overhead projects under the aircraft.
It is height adjustable, and even can tilt I'd I desire it to.
Total cost, free!

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    Great Re-use of materials on hand! As a bonus, it extends higher than most mechanics shop stools. I'm going to consider this the next time I see a broken chair.
    As a suggestion, I'd look for a worn out baking pan to put around the base by drilling a hole in the middle for a parts tray. (just don't let the wife know)
    Another suggestion would be to grind off the extending metal from the base of the chair, it could lead to some painful "moments."

    I like the parts tray idea.
    I was not sure about the extra bits of metal around the seat, but it turns out, after a few days of use, they are never an issue.
    I've never felt them, pinched anything, or even had my pants catch on them.

    Thanks for your ideas about how to make it better!