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I made this chair from a wheelbarrow a couple weeks ago. Like Indians using every scrap of the bison for something, I saved the wheel for some unspecified future project. It eventually struck me that the tire could make a nice stool. Unfortunately, I thought of the idea on the way back from the dump, where I had just thrown away the handles from the former wheelbarrow. They could have been used for the legs, making the circle of life a little more complete. In lieu of handle-legs, I was able to use the leftover 2x4 scrap from the legs on the Wheelbarrow Chair to make the legs for the stool.

The form is kind of a knock-off of the claw-foot, wooden screw type of organ stools. It would also make a nice stool for a drummer, or considered a post-modern commentary on Marcel Duchamp's famous "readymade" mash-up of a stool and a bicycle wheel.

The wheel still spins, and a little red paint gives it a jaunty air, perfect for the living room, porch, or basement.

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Step 1: Core & Legs

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The core of the stool is made from some scraps of 3/4" bamboo plywood. I cut the shapes shown on a bandsaw, then laminated two of each together with urethane glue, which is good for non-porous surfaces. Bamboo plywood is very hard and very dense, which makes it difficult to work and glue, but exceptionally strong. Lacking access to bamboo plywood, just make the pieces out of regular plywood or a dense hardwood like oak. The pieces have a 37 degree angle to the sides, and are approximately 4" from top to bottom. The width at the top is 1-1/2", same as the width of each piece and each leg. The bottom plate is 1/4" bamboo plywood.

The legs were also cut on a bandsaw, at 15" long, tapering from 2-1/4" to 1-1/4" at the bottom. They are pine, from old 2x4 scrap.

Once the pieces are cut, slather them up with some more urethane glue and stick 'em together. Screw on the base plate to hold everything in place as the glue cures, or use big clamps. Make sure everything is square before you screw them together. Urethane glue (Gorilla Glue) need water to work properly, so dampen the wood first with a sponge. It also expands a tremendous amount as it cures, so either wipe it off as it comes out, or cut it away with a razor after.


Awesome!

bcavaciuti9 months ago
this is awesome :) though that bolt looks painful maybe get a bolt with a large flattish rounded head. this gave me the idea to (with a lot of tires) to make an outdoor bench/sofa but have the tires vertical, maybe cut them in half or into strips, flatten them out and bolt them to a metal frame. also a large tractor tire would make an awesome man-chair if you filled the inside with wood (or metal/the original hub for structure) then some padding in leather or something and youve got youself a chair fit for any man guy
makijim2 years ago
What do you know about the piano stool with the clawed feet in your instructable? I received one just like it from a fellow freecycler and stripped off so many layers of paint but restoring it was worth the effort. There was no tag, label or makers' mark on the stool I refinished but it looks exactly like yours. Thanks for any info you might have. Jim
Tye 92 years ago
That seat and the legs from my stool would look awesome. http://www.instructables.com/id/Turned-stool/
temp4 years ago
It's a wheelchar! =D
lol
solmstea5 years ago
That's beautiful, though stuffing the middle with some kind of padding definitely seems crucial for comfort.
gnomedriver5 years ago
Thats wheelie cool
fultron895 years ago
maybe add a piece of plexiglass or summat, so you can still see the wheel, but not have to clean it out or worry about "bolt-butt" syndrome - ha.
yah, you need some kind of pad because that bolt looks painful!!! Anyway, great 'ible!
Brennn105 years ago
Great mash-up! With the tire as the seat, I would imagine it would be fairly comfortable. I love your work! Keep it up!
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