Category Archives: Make a Joint Stool from a Tree

Stumpy the Art Stump Project – in a Weekend

With only days before the Christmas holiday, I stumbled (literally) on a project idea in the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Step 1: Find a stump as big as your bottom. Step 2: Cut it to … Continue reading

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3 New Reviews

Tim Talma reviewed “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee in the latest issue of “Period Furniture,” the newsletter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM). Talma seized upon the fact that … Continue reading

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Other Kinds of Joint Stools

I’ve made lots of joint stools over the years. Right now, I have a few underway, (see above) and a joined “form” to go with them. A form is just a stretched-out joint stool, such as this one I shot … Continue reading

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A Joint Stool, Ruhlmann Style

For your viewing pleasure: Steve Schafer sent along this photo of a joint stool that he built after asking himself the following question: “What would Ruhlmann do had he lived during the American Federal Period?” The stool is made from … Continue reading

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If They’d Had a Biscuit Joiner…

… then they would have had joints that failed suddenly instead of slowly and gradually – like a mortise-and-tenon does. I know this after dropping an anvil on a lot of joints. If they’d had a router, they would have … Continue reading

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Without a Scrap of Crap

People regularly ask what my favorite woodworking books are. It’s a tough question because I really love writings about dead trees that are printed on dead trees. Most of the books I like are ones that altered the way I … Continue reading

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Joint Stools Built by Readers

“Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” has been out a while now, so once you’ve digested  your copy, go get at some oak and let us see what you came up with. Hopefully summer will let go soon, so the … Continue reading

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