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 to recover before the scheduled photo shoot.
Well I got pulled into another project, and Senior Editor Robert W. Lang started building two of the stools last month for the Winter 2009 issue of Woodworking Magazine. Bob is just as interested in the stool and its joinery as I am, so he seemed happy to take up the challenge.
As I was cutting through the shop to get to the copier Bob was at his bench working on the stool and I stopped by to check his progress. During the last month I’ve watched as he ran into the same challenges that I did. And he’s recovered nicely each time.
But today he got one of the stretchers flipped over as he was marking it and he cut its shoulder at the opposite angle he was looking for.
But Bob is smart. He has that second stool already in the works, and I’m sure he’ll pull it together in time. Meanwhile, I’ve got that Shaker bench to build , and I better get cracking at my presentation at Woodworking in America.
Couple quick notes on that event next weekend in Valley Forge:
1. We will have copies of my new book “Handplane Essentials” there to sell as well as our reprint of Joesph Moxon’s “The Art of Joinery” with my commentary.
2. We will not have copies of the new book we’re publishing with Joel Moskowitz titled “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker.” However, I hope to have a printout of the book to share there and will be discussing the 1839 bench plane techniques there in public for the first time.
3. It will be a bench-lover’s paradise: The Roubo, the Holtzapffel, the Gluebo and Bob’s 21st -century Workbench will all be there and in use.
I hope you can stop by Oct. 2-4.
– Christopher Schwarz