Chris wrote about the stool book the other day; http://lostartpress.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/drawboring-in-make-a-joint-stool-from-a-tree/ our end of it is winding down now. I made several stools during the course of shooting photos for it. Often I just needed a detail of one process or another; so the last two were a couple of shorter joint stools just to use up some random stock Here’s one of them:
This one has carved aprons – I often have carvings laying around, having done them as demos or instruction. I think one rail was just that, then I made the others to match. Watch this blog for some unexpected uses of carving patterns.
The other night I watched some episodes of Roy Underhill’s show, one of which was the joint stool one we did with Megan Fitzpatrick. http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/3100/3107.html
I was reminded that one of the stools I took down to the Woodwright’s School last summer served multi-duty – teaching example/sample, and TV prop, then photo fodder for the book. Finally, I finished building the thing – and photographed it for real the other day.
The apron has a braid carved in it; I discussed this on the blog when I cut these rails; http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/patterns-patterns/
There is also a scrolled stretcher; I didn’t discuss this in the book. They are simple enough to do; here is a period example on a joined chair from Plymouth Colony. This chair has long since been restored; rather generically. This pre-restoration photo shows the scrolled profile on the aprons, stretchers and rear rail just above the seat.
Here, you can see the same stuff on the side rails too.
This pattern works easily if you first cut a rabbet in the rail. Then the scroll work/chisel work is done in a piece of oak that’s half the thickness…makes sense. I bore a hole at one end of the scroll, make some sawcuts here & there, then cut out the details with a chisel and mallet. You can use a bow-saw, turning saw, whatever it’s called, or just shape it with chisels and straight saw cuts. Hmmm. Now that’s another photo essay at some point. Not this week, though…
Meanwhile, here’s a re-assigned carving -