One of my kids ripped a hole in the top of my primary work stool. It has been bugging me forever, but today I got the inspiration to fix it and improve it. This is a quick conversion of a bucket car seat to a work stool base.
Step 1: First find a donor bucket seat
I hate to break up a pair of bucket,s so I have been looking for a lone bucket seat for a few months. Mostly on Ebay and Craigslist. Focusing my attention on something that would not be too large and had some style. While perusing the junk yard today, I came upon this 1987 Porsche 924s. It was pretty beat up, but it had a lone bucket (even better it was the passenger side, less wear) and it was in decent shape.
Step 2: What all you will need
Pretty basic needs for this build:
1. Some sort of stool base. I used an old auto parts store stool.
2. 3/4 inch plywood for the platform/base between the seat and stool.
3. Hardware to match the seat bolt holes or threads (mine were 6mm)
4. Hardware to match the stool (I reused the ones from the original) use your judgement.
5. Extra washers for distributing load at the bolt holes.
6. Black paint optional. I like the look to be finished.
7. Saw, drill, wrenches, pipe cutter (You may not need to pipe cutter) and some soap (I needed to clean this seat before use).
Step 3: Seat Prep
The seat was super dirty so I started with a good scrub. Some mild soap, warm water and some soft brushes. I kept cleaning the seat and swapping the water until it was suitably clean. Before and after pictures do not do any justice.
Next remove the seat hardware. I saw no need to keep the tracks. Besides, they could be good ebay fodder.
Clean up bottom of seat to ready it for plywood base. Brush it off, vacuum the debris and chased the threads. Yours may just have open holes.