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Chinese Stools as Art

I received the note below following our weekend class on making a three-legged stool – and with the sender’s permission, I’ve posted it (and two of his photos). It’s too cool to not pass along. — Megan Fitzpatrick I read your blog posts and was reminded of the Ai Weiwei sculpture I saw in...

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Chinese Stool Challenge Class

A good project will push your skills, and test your ability. A great project will push you into a different way of thinking and take your skills to places they’ve never been. The Chinese stool from the last issue of Woodworking Magazine is by all measures a great project. It looks simple, but a...

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My favorite drafting instructor in design school was a histrionic misfit known as Wild Bill. He didn’t pull any punches and tried his best to prepare us for the real world. When we came to descriptive geometry, he let us know that by the end of the quarter at least a third of us...

Curse of the Chinese Stool

Back in June, some of you might remember that I was building an Ohio copy of a fascinating three-legged Chinese stool. And some of you might also remember how I flamed out at the very end of the project, cutting a single tenon at the wrong angle, ruining the entire thing with no time...

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The Most Important Tool (for Early Saturday Morning)

We’re in the shop today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday) with a group of 10 visiting woodworkers to film a video on making a tricky three-legged Chinese Stool (long-time readers might recall this project from the Winter 2009 issue of Woodworking Magazine). The stool looks simple to build – but it’s not. The center...

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Weekend Stool Class August 17 & 18, 2013

Build the infamous and seemingly impossible Chinese stool with Bob Lang, in a special weekend class at the Popular Woodworking Magazine Shop. Once in a great while, we invite readers into the Popular Woodworking Magazine shop to build a project along with one of the editors while we film a video. Back in 2010,...

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‘Woodworking Magazine’ Issues 1-16 Now Available Again

We’ve been sold out for a while of our compilation CD of issues 1-16 of Woodworking Magazine, and folks have been asking for it. So I’m delighted to report that we now have it back in stock, with limited availability. For those of you unfamiliar with Woodworking Magazine, it’s a 32-page 2-color-interior (black and...

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Stool Class in August; a Few Spots Open

I’m going to have a lot of fun on August 27 and 28. I’ll be at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana, teaching a class on building the infamous Chinese stool, the cover project from the last issue of Woodworking Magazine. Of all the projects I’ve made for publication, this was one of...