new use for joined stool

In joined stools, it’s pretty common for there to be a slight gap between the upper rails’ top edge and the seat. This stems from the fact that the stiles (legs/posts) don’t shrink in length, but the rails shrink a bit in width. Not a big deal, but it leads to a use I had never considered before. The kids have taken to using it as a mailbox…
new mailman
new mailman

Sometimes, though, you have to check to make sure the mail got in the box…

where'd it go?
where'd it go?

6 thoughts on “new use for joined stool

  1. Dear Peter,
    WOW, what a great blog and web site! Several years ago I saw you on the Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill. I think you put together and carved a box similar to the one in Woodwork magazine. That was a great show. I am a self taught woodcarver who is now obsessed with making basswood boxes to chip carve.(nice chips on the screen door!) With only hand tools, of course. :) Your work is very appealing in its simplicity and realness. It has a primitive feeling, but it’s not primitive. What I’ve seen here has really set me on fire to try something a little different.

    Thanks for all your great work.

    Tom Goodman
    Bailey, NC

    • Thomas: thanks for the note. Glad you like the blog. I will get back into the swing of things soon, haven’t had much time for photos, thus not much on the blog. Thanks again

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