View Full Version : the milk stool......

06-22-2008, 08:52 PM
Back when I was a kid and had to milch cows by hand, every stanchion had a T-shaped stool made outta 2x4's hangin' on it. Not real comfy, but got your azz outta the slop, and you were up enuff to be able to get out faster, from under a cow that kicked. Since I am getting older, I wanted the same features included in a hunting stool. I ain't so old or decrepitted to need all the comfort of a seat back, or so outta balance I need 4 chair legs to keep from falling over, so I reinvented the milch stool to be used as a hunting aid. Some of the same features were needed, but for different reasons. Butt still needs to be out of the slop and sometimes high enuff to see over the sagebrush, coupled with the ability to pan or pivot to accomodate a coyote coming from a different direction than anticipated. And still being low enuff to use shooting sticks, was a necessity for my use. Instead of just nailing a couple boards together, I made a seat out of baltic birch plywood, with a hi-tek aluminum tube leg. Lighter and more compact for carrying ease than the bulky 2x4 deally.

I made it so my knees were slightly higher than my hips, as I find it steadier to shoot from this position using shooting sticks. Bein' one leg, it's easy to pivot if you have to change direction.

I installed an old sling swivel stud and a carrabiner from my kids baseball stuff.

A rubber foot from an old wooden cane was put on the bottom of the tube, to keep from sinking in the mud or dirt.....

A coat of paint on the leg, a couple coats of poly on the wood, and it was ready to clip to a packstrap or belt loop for transport.......

If'n a feller wore carhartts or coveralls with a hammer loop, you could just drop it in the hole and go.......
I plan on wringing it out on next weeks prairiedog shoot. Don


06-22-2008, 09:27 PM
A work of art, Don. Good job!

06-23-2008, 05:08 AM
Yup, you'll know when it's been perfected, once he starts paintin' with black webbing.

06-23-2008, 06:12 AM
Our old stool had two eyelets so you could strap it to your backside ready to go.

Scoutin' Wyo
06-23-2008, 07:14 AM
Good stuff Don!!

06-23-2008, 07:31 AM
Very cool!

06-23-2008, 08:38 AM
Good idea. Makes a modified sitting position - a little higher than usual but with a lot of stability and faster to get into and out of.

06-23-2008, 07:13 PM
If you used an aluminium tube leg with a smaller diameter you could then slide a roll of your favorit camo toilet paper onto it. Slip the rubber foot on the end of the tube and have a truely "all purpose" stool /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

06-23-2008, 07:44 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Ralph</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Good idea. Makes a modified sitting position - a little higher than usual but with a lot of stability and faster to get into and out of.</div></div>

And don't have to be as careful about cactus or thornbrush.

However, you do have to use a bit of care depending on the caliber in use.

flamingo 7
06-24-2008, 09:23 PM

This may sound a bit over the top, but this is what this site is about. If there were Kifaru awards, you would surely qualify. From being the "hall monitor" at the rendezvous, to your unending sharing of your classic solutions to everyday problems, your insight is priceless. A tip of the hat to you.

06-25-2008, 01:21 PM
That's awesome Don!

T&S Manufacturing
06-25-2008, 01:29 PM
It's very nice, but how do you carry the cow?

06-25-2008, 05:12 PM
Very cool. Simple and elegant all rolled into one. I wish I had just a small portion of Donís resourcefulness and eye for the practical.

06-26-2008, 02:56 AM
When are you going to start manufacturing them for sale?


06-30-2008, 08:18 PM

After spending a goodly portion of a 3 day prairie dog shoot on this contraption, I gotta say, my bony little butt was getting sore. One of the guys had some duck tape, so i borrowed some and taped a pad to the top of it. Worked great. Now it is almost luxurious. Funky lookin',with the pad and tape, but a whole bunch easier to sit on for long periods.........

smack, I ain't......

06-30-2008, 08:53 PM
I love it Don.

It would look kind of funny and hide your fine wood work, but sew a pocket in the seat of your pants so it was always deployed./images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

David Sapp
07-01-2008, 03:56 PM
Nice idea and good looking seat. I have a very similar seat that is available commercially called a Nif-T-Seat with legs that screw on in different lengths to adjust seated height. Wouldn't want to hunt without it.

07-02-2008, 10:15 AM
you, sir, are a mad genius.

T Bone
07-06-2008, 10:44 AM
How bout a reclining model?

07-06-2008, 11:01 AM
I'm not mad enuff to figure that one out........yet.

07-20-2008, 09:47 AM
Here's the updated generation II deallie..... Added a L-bracket for faster transport than clipping it to the beltloop. After using it on the p-dog shoot, I found that as often as yer up and down, it was a pain to unclip it for an unexpected, quickly needed shot.

Still hooks to a belt loop....

Or pocket....

I put a new camo pad on, with double-faced tape.....

It just keeps getting better........

07-21-2008, 11:01 AM
That must be the "lazy boy" of milk stools. How about a little camo upholstery on the whole thing.

07-21-2008, 04:07 PM
I'm seriously considering wrappin' it with leather. Hey, folks like it on couches and car seats........

one-eyed Bob
07-21-2008, 04:46 PM
How much is the vibrating attachment?

07-21-2008, 08:12 PM
That's for later on. I'm still perfecting the heating unit......

07-22-2008, 08:47 AM
I have some deer hides or elk hide that have been tanned that would look very nice. I can send some if you want .

07-22-2008, 03:12 PM
Thanks for the offer, snakey. But, I have leather.....