|Project by KDL||posted 02-11-2008 06:35 PM||1446 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
So I was thinking about how I got started with woodworking, just puttering in my parent’s garage, and how sad it was that I didn’t have pictures of all those kiddie projects. And then I remembered this:
I built this stool in sixth-grade shop class. Sixth graders weren’t allowed to use power tools, so it’s all handwork (such as it is). I picked the project; the teacher picked the board from his closet. At the time, I didn’t know what it meant to be handed a few board feet of 1” thick S4S quartersawn cherry—I was just annoyed that one side had a bullnose and the other didn’t. Anyway, I built the stool and got a C (not that I’m bitter). Now, almost 30 years later, it’s still in use and still as solid as, well, 1” cherry.
It wasn’t until high school shop that I learned to machine rough lumber. I made a chess board, which came out very well (I got an A). Unfortunately, the school was short on clamps, and someone in a later class unclamped my project so they could clamp theirs. The joints never did quite hold and the board separated from its frame almost immediately and warped. Go fig.
Anyway, it’s not much to look at, but it’s proof of what thick, straight-grained, hardwood will do with just a few screws and glue.