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You could definitely use a wooden clothes rod to start with. Just keep in mind that working with metal will be very different, so starting with wood will mostly be about playing with the design and building confidence that you can actually build this thing. My earliest prototypes were all done in wood. If you're interested, check them out in the full documentation here: http://www.shakewellafteropening.com/#/stool/You'll need to click on 'Download Stool Documentation'.It's true, the project took a lot of patience to get right, but the result is very satisfying.
I haven't done any calculations or tests, but it can easily support a 170lb person bouncing up and down while seated :)
Definitely! I'll add more info in the next few days once I have a bit more down time.
Thanks! Yes, it's amazing how much you can do with a drill press. I love those things.
Yes! do it!
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