Building a Stool
Compound angled joints on drill press and tablesaw
Synopsis: In building this stool, Gary Rogowski he learned that effort, not luck, and planning, not good intentions, are required to build a piece of furniture. In other words, a relaxing weekend of humming and puttering is not enough to concoct a piece with style, grace, and strength. After determining how to solve the stability problem, Rogowski tackled the angled joinery issue. Here, he explains how he did both, how he cut the leg mortises with a drill press, and how he shaped the seat. Side information by Jeremy Singley discusses rung fitting, and a photo gallery of stools accompanies the article.
It was not in the sometimes-a-great-notion category that I decided to build a stool a few years ago. I needed something sturdy to sit on. “How hard could it be to knock out a stool?” I asked myself. My first attempt ended in a three-legged triumph of material…