Intro: Fallout Shop Stool (or Rat Rod Chair)
Modify your shop chairs to with stand a little beating and have a little more flavor than the name brand ones. If I were to create another stool I would be a little more prepared and go in a different order, so ill post the order I should have did rather than what I did. The Fallout out stool was originally a big block engine stand that didn't work and was collecting dust. The rat rod chair with a wheely bar was from a large grill stand that was collecting rust so made it perfect for a rat chair.
Step 1: Step 1: Tools and Scavenge the Junk Yard for Parts, Pieces and Then Chop
You will need:
ruller /tape mesure
junk and inspiration
Most of what I used were parts laying around the shop, or pieces from a broken stool. This business grill was collecting rust so I put it to good use. I didn't take a photo of it before I chopped it up so I pulled somes off line that looked similar.
Step 2: Step 2: Cut, Chop, Weld
I took the side tables or food holders (what ever you call them) adjacent from the grill and chopped it to give it the rat rod look. I believe the dimensions of it before I chopped it what 18 and 3/4 inches by 25 inches. I kept both seat and base pieces of chairs length the same (18 3/4) It was already similar to a chair you would buy.
The base of the chair I took 3 inches out of it making it 22 by 18 inches. Chop n weld.
The top part of the chair I took 5 inches out of the width. making it 20 inches by 18. Chop n weld.
Step 3: Step 3: Mount the Wheels
Putting the wheels on the base. Line up the coasters in the corners of the base you just chopped. I took a black sharpie and marked where I needed to drill. Then took 5/8 bolts washers and nuts to bolted them on.
Step 4: Step 4: Create the Back Rest
I took the excess table, that holds food i'm guessing and cut it off.
I what would consist of being my back then took metal mesh and welded it to act as a back rest.
Then weld the piece you just made to the bottom at an angle that is fit for you.
Step 5: Step 5: Support
Supporting the the seat with 2X2 inch metal studs.
Cut them at 8 inches in length
Weld top and bottom solid (my support was right over the wheels)
I cut mine at a little angle giving it a chopper feel
Step 6: Step 6: Wheely Bar First Take
My first wheely bar consisted of just a chain that wrapped around a bar I created in the front then to the wheel then up to the top of the chair. It snapped on me and wasn't enough support. Although it looked cool it just wasnt ideal. If you find a way to make it work or make it stronger let me know.
Step 7: Step 7: Wheely Bar Second Take
Take 2 on the wheely bar. Ended up have a friend recommend using cam out of a Suzuki samurai blown motor.
Once the chains finish cleaning the chains I plan on getting a better stick with the welder and weld the chains from the corners of the wheel to the lower half of chair plate making it even stronger.