Joined Stool videos – Turning the Stiles

About the Joined Stool video series. Some of these videos made it up to youtube before I fully hatched the idea of making this a connected how-to series. So far then, there’s been mostly repetition as Daniel & I work on cutting & piecing them together. I’ve been deleting the first uploads over at Youtube as he & I finish up each video. Don’t worry, the whole thing will come back, one-by-one. Today’s is turning the stiles. Then comes decoration – carving & scratch-stock molding together. Then after that, it’ll all be stuff that’s not been posted before. Tenons, test-fitting, drawboring, the seat, etc. 

Turning the stiles for the joined stool is a long one. First thing to know – I’m no great turner. I think of myself as a joiner who does some turning. I don’t get as much practice as I used to do. Somewhere I recommended two friends’ videos – Curtis Buchanan’s youtube series has some of his turning And Pete Galbert did a nice video a couple years ago with Lost Art Press 

Both will help a lot. If only I would practice more… so – if you have the stomach for it, here’s my assault on one of the stiles for this joined stool. Including some mishaps that are not fatal at all. 

I got a note from a reader who blew up a still shot of the stool stick – which made me realize some might want that information. This stool is one I made up, but some of the details are similar to one in the book I wrote on the subject with Jennie Alexander. I’m not going to draw up a whole diagram of the stool – it’s not necessary. The stiles are 2” x 2” squares – and here’s the stick against a ruler (in inches) so you can suss out the details. Change them at your will. Use the photo above for further reference. (I noticed that photo & this have the top of the stool in different directions…sorry about that.)

The aprons & stretchers on the front & back are 10 1/2” from shoulder to shoulder. I made the tenons 1 1/2” long. The short aprons are 4 1/4” shoulder to shoulder at their top edge. Their angle is 1:6 1/2. The rest comes from a test-fit. You’ll see those videos as Daniel & I work to spit them out. Thanks for watching…

here’s the book on the subject


I have some carving videos planned after the stool series; (some are already shot) – like this strapwork pattern:

if there’s particular things you’d like to see, leave a comment. If I can, I’ll try to tailor things some…but my scope is pretty narrow. Oak furniture, carved decoration, mortise & tenons, beyond that…hmm.

The videos are free. There is a donate button on the side of this blog for those able & willing to help keep things running ’til classes start up again. Thanks so much for all the support, I greatly appreciate it.


6 thoughts on “Joined Stool videos – Turning the Stiles

  1. Hello Peter, thank you for the video series, they help tremendously. I have worked through the S scroll section of your book and now into strap work. Could you cover what is outlined in the strapwork section of your Joiners Work?

  2. nice. I always saw you working from the viewers side not the turner’s side, missed lots of the details. Great series and congratulate Daniel on the editing job.

  3. Peter,
    thank you for your video series, Joiners Work, shave horse, etc.
    I made a small donation, this “new normal” is not fun!

  4. Hi Peter,
    I follow your blog regularly and I am enjoying the videos. Just wanted to let you know we’re out here watching even if a lot of comments aren’t being posted. Thanks,

  5. Holy cow, Mr. Follansbee… Love you so much! I just appreciate your knowledge, attitude, and inspiration so much. A few thoughts that I feel compelled to share on this rainy Pacific Northwest afternoon:

    1. As I commented on one of your latest YouTube videos, it’s funny how we are all so privileged to get such a wealth of hard-earned information for free, delivered with such accuracy and wisdom through what sure appears to us to be a relaxed sense of joy, grace, and humility. As a teacher myself, those attributes are hard to come by.

    2. In addition to my praise, I feel obliged to note that as such things go, it’s fascinating that with your fairly well-known status in the woodworking world and outreach to this absolutely accessible art/craft that you’re only getting sub-1000 views. But I kind of like it that way ;), if people don’t get it, then it’s their loss, we’ll keep you to ourselves.

    3. Lastly, I am indeed one of those weirdos who has freeze framed and zoomed in on images to get some turning profiles, the result of which is a beautiful wider version of the gift from history you and others have resuscitated for us all. I literally traced over the screen and scaled it up, certainly taking lots of liberties, but just as a thanks for sharing even more and for that ruler and story stick photo alone….Can’t even begin to think of how to thank you beyond the web traffic, views, and buying your published works! So I’ll do my best – Here’s a photo of that stool that my daughter cherishes, made from Maple from my Pastor’s land near Padilla Bay, an Audobon “important bird area”, figure you’d like that – And while I’m at it, here’s my brag/thanks photo album for you to feel good about the work that you, Jenny, Roy, Peter, Curtis, and many others have facilitated. (Including a Spring pole Lathe after Roy’s design in a magazine with a curved rocker arm from a bedstead my mom bought at a flea market thinking it would someday make a neat wall coat rack, 2×12 from Lowes, and some VG old growth fir I found on the property when we bought the house, who knows where it’s originally from…. Not to mention the proto-shaving horse complete with pvc pipe head and down at the bottom a chisel-is-as-good-as-a-drawknife-before-you-have-one…Life is weird and beautiful.)
    Sharing in hopes it brings you and your readers joy. I know that these skills, memories, and products certainly do for me. Ok, computer time over. Shop time.

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