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Visiting my parents a couple of years ago, I came upon a brilliant invention of my dad’s own making. He’d created it for working in his garden, and it was so comfortable, it sparked my own desire to make one for working in our garden. He’d taken an old tractor seat and attached it to a bucket for a gardening seat. Genius idea! Fast forward a couple of years, and we finally made our own tractor seat bucket, which I’m going to share with you how to make. It’s simple and easy.
I’ve had this vintage tractor seat (actually, this seat is from an old Jones Rake) since last summer when I found it at a local antique store and got it, in hopes of using it to make this contraption. Finally, this spring we made our gardening stool, and it works wonderfully. It’s the perfect height for our raised beds, and it allows us to sit and take our time when working with plants, potting plants, or whatever needs done outside. Plus, it’s easily movable to any part of our tiny homestead. I love it!
Of course, as we made ours, Harold had to get in on the action… He’s the craziest cat, doesn’t want to be held at all, but LOVES to be in the thick of things.
Here’s how to make your own tractor seat bucket…
Supplies You’ll Need for a DIY Tractor Seat Bucket
- 1 old tractor seat
- 1 bucket with lid (we found ours at Lowe’s)
- 1 large bolt, washer, and locknut (amount and size will depend on the tractor seat you use)
Instructions for Making a Tractor Seat Bucket
Gather your supplies. You can use a bucket without a lid; my dad did… But we decided to use one with a lid, so it’s less likely to sink into the ground when we sit on it. Remove the handle from the bucket. Turn the bucket over, and size your seat to the bottom of the bucket, figuring out where your bolt/s needs to go. Drill the hole for your bolt.
Attach the seat to your bucket with said bolt, a washer, and a locknut.
Then attach your lid to the other side of the bucket when finished attaching your seat.
And that’s pretty much it. So easy! Just a few simple steps to your very own gardening stool created from a bucket and a vintage tractor (or Jones Rake) seat. My handsome model helped me out. He’s so silly sometimes, and that’s just one of the many reasons I love this man.