“Make a Joint Stool from a Tree,” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee, was an early Lost Art Press book – published in 2012, not too long after Christopher Schwarz left Popular Woodworking. Eight years (and change) later, there are but a couple hundred copies left, so it’s time to go back on press. And that’s an opportunity to rethink the “form factor”; the new version will have a printed hardbound cover (and add a new preface from Peter Follansbee).
To make room in the warehouse for the new printing, LAP has reduced the price on the remaining first editions to $27. So if you’re a first edition kind of person and don’t already have this one, now is the time.
11 thoughts on “Joint Stool Book Close-out”
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It’s about time you JOINED us in this amazing sale, you won’t believe the color of your STOOL when you hear the price!
Rudy, that is sooo last week.
I am planning to comment on every future sale at Lost Art Press with a terrible sale slogan. Thankfully for the world there probably won’t be many, if at all!
Will there be a pdf this time around?
I’m afraid we don’t have permission to use some of the images in a digital version, so no.
I learned from this & built a coffee table from a red oak tree and I plan on making more items using the techniques. I’d suggest some edits to call out measurements, maybe in a table or index. I had to go back & forth in the text to find them. Actually, a PDF without any images would have made searching easier. Maybe you could offer a redacted PDF?
But measurements are so imprecise. Best to have a rough idea of size and fit the pieces to each other. Then you’re not fighting the wood but rather working with it to discover the final piece.
Unless you’re trying to mass produce 1,000 of them. Then, by all means break out the plywood and fancy incra accessories.
Oh, I agree measurements are imprecise. That’s part of the point of the book. It’s just a starting point. I’d just like it to be in one place.
Much of it is off the mortise chisel’s width. The inset is 1 chisel width for example.
One of the takeaways I got is that the inside, unseen parts were not precisely sized and this is common with historic furniture; it reduces time by not spending time on the unseen.
As much as I like the mirror smooth surface from a plane, I don’t need to create it on the underside of the seat.
How about the Chair from a Tree book – is that a more advanced version of this book?
No — one (the chair book) is round M&T joinery; the joint stool is square M&T joinery.
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