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One legged milking stool
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shawn salterberg    Posted 05-18-2002 at 11:34:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am looking for plans and instructions for building a one legged milking stool. I know this is just two boards nailed together like a "T", but I was hoping to find enough information to insure a safe and sturdy stool. I want to make these for students who always lean back in their chairs. Any input or information would be great. Thanks


Pam    Posted 09-17-2007 at 07:32:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone know how to find a picture of a one legged milking stool? We think this is what we found in one of our barns that date back to the late 1800's. It is a small rectangular(almost square)piece of wood, with rounded corners, rake size leg coming up through the center of the seat and a small square brace made of wood under the seat nailed with hand forged nails.

If anyone can help us to identify our find and what it is worth, it will be greatly appreciated


Lucie Belanger Amundsen    Posted 12-14-2005 at 14:27:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Shawn! I know nothing about one legged milking stools, but hope this message gets to you. Please email me at

DeadCarp    Posted 05-18-2002 at 14:12:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Take a round piece of dry wood about 14" long, nail a 14"-long 1x6 with 16-penny galvanized nails. It will last for years.

You can also make a 3-legged stool that's strong enough to for a grownup to stand on, with (3) 2x4's and ONLY (3) 16-penny nails. It's really called a chandler's joint and was used on ship cabinetry. Kinda hard to describe how to attach them but i can draw a picture if anyone's interested. Handy with 2x2s for chicken coops too.

DeadCarp - Chandler's Joint Sketch    Posted 05-18-2002 at 15:04:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is the most crush-proof way for 3 boards to meet. As you can imagine, if all 8 corners are built this way, the resulting box will be pretty solid, and with a bare minimum of fasteners..
Use cement-coated nails and you'll play heck tearing it apart by hand. :)

Les...fortunate    Posted 05-18-2002 at 12:02:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
A dairy farmer in town used to have a one-legged stool that was strapped right onto him while he milked. When he got up and moved to the next cow, the stool went with him without the need for using hands to carry it. As I recall, it wasn't home made. Looked like something he bought.

cornfused    Posted 05-18-2002 at 13:14:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
some just had a spring attatched to the bottom didn't they?

Re    Posted 06-05-2004 at 14:39:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you have any idea where I can buy a milking stool like the one you mentioned with the single spring leg that is attached to the person??

Slo    Posted 05-18-2002 at 18:27:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The stools we used were one legged, with a small chair seat bottom, a spring on the bottom of the steel rod, and a belt to hold it on with.

WallSal55    Posted 05-18-2002 at 14:47:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't Laugh, but the milking stool I witnessed
had a round wooden seat--smaller than a
12" pizza. It had one leg which was a round
wooden thick dowel (as thick as a rake handle
or other similar tool) underneath in the center.
The farmer squatted on the stool, (had to be
hard on the knees as I believe they were higher than his elbows), but his tush was what did
the balancing act that kept the stool standing.
He could milk the cow fast; had a bucket of milk
in no time; and carried it on to the next cow.

WallSal55    Posted 05-18-2002 at 14:54:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like an interesting class. You could tell
them the story about how my friend (as a toddler) pulled the chair out from under mother. Mother went into labor 4-6 weeks too early. Chairs (of any kind) and accidents do go together. They just need more awareness.

shawn Salterberg    Posted 05-20-2002 at 06:00:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your point is well recieved. The thing is, balencing on three legs is a lot safer than balencing on two. In every class I have ever been in I have seen children leaning back on their chair. I do it too. If you ever have the chance to spy on a classroom take note, the children who are leaning back are paying attnetion to class. My class looks a lot like any elementary school classroom. I hope to change that.
Thanks for the great advice

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