For a turner, a stool may serve as an introduction to joinery and a chance to go beyond the usual turned work. The variations on a three-legged stool seem endless, and this and two related articles cover a few types. Here, David W. Scott weighs the design of the stool based on appearance, the intended use of the stool, and user leg length. He explains how he makes the seat, legs, and rungs, using shouldered, round tenons to add strength to the rung joints. Jim Cummins talks about how Ron Curtis makes “free-form construction with sound joinery” with lots of angles. Then Tage Frid explains his design for a light, knockdown stool that could also serve as a tray stand. T-nuts and tapered legs set this stool off.

From Fine Woodworking #36