I am currently studying at a school in Sweden where they learn us the art of furniture woodworking. I have always had somekind of interest in wood, but honestly could (to my surprise) extremely little stepping into this Pandrora´s box of tools/woods and measurements.
I have chosen to put some of my “projects” up on the worldwideweb, so that at least I can take a look back later and see what I’ve learned.. some kind of manly diary i guess.
Our first assignment this last term was to make a wooden stool. The design and function were all up to us. The only requirements from the teachers, was that the main construction was made up of tendons and mortises (using hand tools only). I designed my stool after my cousins piano stool. But I wanted something smaller, so i made my own measurements. Somewhere along I started exploring Sketchup, and this was the first model I ever made:
First when they said we had eight weeks, i thought they were kidding. But now i understand why. I did some very stupid mistakes, like making mortises on the wrong side of the legs, and removing too much wood of one leg with the handplane. Maybe small mistakes to pro´s, but “doomsday” mistakes for a greenhorn. But after eight weeks it was finally done, and now on the 20/1 we will present our stools at an expedition for the whole school. This is a bad picture, but I think the stool turned out alright.
What have I learned:
Using machines/tools like bandsaw,planes,chisels, using measurements,sketchup,how to sandpaper correctly, and applying finish.
Advice for next time
Measure twice, cut once.
Sheepskin is beutiful and soft, but it drains your very lifeforce when you can´t sew.
Our next project is to make a wall hung cabinet with mirrored doors. That should be fun.
-- L-H Johnsen,Sweden