Build a Curved-Leg Stool
Simple bends provide stability and visual flair
Synopsis: This curved-leg bar stool can be made using green wood or air-dried or kiln-dried planks. The turned, bent legs offer a lot of stability within a slim profile. Peter Galbert uses a bending form and a simple stovetop steamer pot to achieve the curved feet. Mortises in the carved seat for the legs are drilled and then reamed out, and the tenons are wedged for a perfectly tight fit. A carved footrest adds comfort and style.
Making my way into chairmaking was a long process, and between early chair attempts I built stools to help advance my turning, shaping, and joinery skills. Stools not only offered quick and invaluable lessons in the craft, but they also supplied my workshop and my house with some of the most enduring and useful pieces that I’ve ever produced. Among my favorite designs is this curved-leg bar stool. It’s comfortable, light, and useful,…