Introduction: The Scrap Stool
A little bit about the stool
The goal of the scrap stool is to reconsider the manufacturing process and labor costs in making a stool. I began this project by asking local paper businesses to put their paper waste into trashcans that I pre-filled with a slow drying glue.
By discarding their paper waste into the trashcan, the employees ended up creating furniture! Without changing their routine, I was able to transform the workers from being wasteful into furniture makers….who vigorously recycled. and since the stool uses waste material and labor that is already paid for, there is no cost to produce them. The stools are continuously being produced in Providence Rhode Island, however I would like to show you how to also make your very own Scrap Stool!
The stool's aesthetic is intrinsic to its manufacturing technique. For many of the products that are out right now, the workers, the manufacturing techniques and environmental costs are completely separated from the utility of the object. The scrap stool is an exploration on recycling waste but also reconsidering manufacturing processes.
Step 1: Tools You Will Need
- 5 gallon Bucket
Here is an Amazon link to one that works just fine.
A generic belt for pants will do.
- Universal Mold Release
- Smooth-On Smooth Cast 305 or 310
Must be strong enough to cut 100 lb paper.
- So-Strong Coloring
Any color you would like! Here is a link to a sampler kit which has plenty of coloring to color many stools.
Step 2: Collecting Paper
You will begin by collecting materials.
You can collect paper material from almost anywhere. Here are a few suggestions.
- Many typical offices use paper which is perfect to make a scrap stools.
- Go to your local paper store/supplier. Usually they will be happy to lend you their scrap materials.
- Your local print shop will typically have plenty of left over scrap perfect for the stool
The majority of your collected paper should be...
- 17 inches and above in one dimension.
This does not mean all your paper must be 17 inches in length. It is good to have variation.
- relatively sturdy.
I have found that paper which is around or above 100 lbs (270 g/m2) is the best size for a sturdy stool. Otherwise the paper can be any color, size, shape, etc.
You should collect enough paper to tightly fill the bucket if all the scraps were standing up longways.
It should end up being a little under two square feet of material. This sounds like a lot but your average paper cutters usually goes through many times this amount in scraps daily.
Step 3: Setup
1.) Lay paper the down flat over the belt. Make sure the paper is straight to each other.
2.) Once you have all the paper piled together. Slowly put the belt together and lock it tight.
3.) Bang the bundle on a flat surface to get the scraps flat on the bundle's bottom side.
Step 4: Preparing the Bucket
1. Place bucket face up.
2. Spray the bucket with a coat of Universal Mold Release.
3. Open up your Smooth-Cast 305 or 310 and pour part A and B mixtures completely in the bucket slowly without adding too many bubbles.
4. Open up your dye and drop a few drops of dye. The dye is extremely strong so add only 3 or 4 drops.
5. Begin to mix the mixture (trying to not add bubbles) for about 3-4 minutes.
Step 5: Dropping the Bundle of Paper Into the Bucket
1.) You have about 5-10 minutes before the resin will begin its curing process. So quickly (but carefully) take the bundle of paper and slowly drop it into the bucket.
2.) Make sure as many strands as possible are touching the bottom of the bucket. You can even push the strands down with your hand to make sure they are touching the bottom.
Step 6: Trimming
While your stool is drying, trim the pieces of paper that are sticking out on the top of your stool. The surface should be flat once you are done.
Step 7: Popping the Stool Out
1.) After 30 minutes, turn the bucket over.
2.) Grab the rim of the plastic bucket and lift it slightly off of the ground. If the stool does not come out, simply jiggle it a little and it should pop right out!
Step 8: Final Touches
1.) Take a paper towel and wipe down the surface of the stool. It might be a little slippery from the mold release.
2.) Once your are done wiping, sit down on the stool for a job well done!