Joint Stool from a Tree

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Project by corpmule posted 07-21-2014 04:29 PM 1127 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In July of 2013, I attended the “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” class taught by Peter Follansbee at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

I am perfectly aware … this is not a nice looking or, even a good example of craftsmanship. I won’t show you any close ups of the joinery, hahah. But, I’m still happy with it. :)

It’s made from Red Oak.

It was a week long class and, I didn’t finish the stool by the time the class had ended. But, in my defense, no one else did either! :) But some people were able to apply some decorative elements. Like everyone else, I had to make the seat and attach it when I got home.

It was fun to build this thing. We split the pieces from a tree that was already cut down. Shaped all the pieces using planes and hatches (axes). Peter even allowed everyone to use his awesome hatchet you see on his blog. That thing is real nice. :)

I like telling people, the only power tool involved in this project was the chain saw that cut down the tree.

After all that planing, I had a sore elbow for a long time. But it finally stopped hurting. I don’t know if that was because I didn’t use proper form or, if it was because I’m just not used to doing that much planing.

It took me a while to pull the trigger and spend the money on this class. The cost of the class and travel expenses make this a very expensive stool. :) But, all in all, I’m glad I did it. I have no regrets. It was a great experience. I met some good folks and I really enjoyed it.

Peter is a great, down to earth guy. He can be pretty honest and blunt, which is something I respect. And Roy is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

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#1 posted 07-22-2014 12:30 AM

Well I love it, wish I had been there to make one with you. I’ve read the book but seem tied up in too many other projects to tackle this stool. Can’t see any carving in the pics but I hope you did some. Hard work makes it all the more enjoyable.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 07-22-2014 12:52 AM

Thanks Kenn, Nope, no carvings. I was happy just get it done, even without any carvings. I plan to get some oak to practice carving on some time. Which is another good excuse to buy more tools! :)

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