Bench Stool: Episode 4

Bench Stool 4

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In this episode, Paul glues up the frame, using wedges to apply even pressure. He then glues up the top of the seat in preparation for the shaping.

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  1. Ken on 18 December 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Nice job guys, thanks for this one 😉

  2. Eddy Flynn on 18 December 2013 at 4:25 pm

    cant wait to get started on this project thanks team

  3. STEVE MASSIE on 18 December 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Oh yeah, this is really coming together nicely. Thanks Paul and Crew foe another very informative episode.

    I am hopes of at least getting started on one of these during the Christmas Holiday’s.

    Thanks again !


  4. pawpawdon63 on 18 December 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I believe the biggest value I have gleaned from these videos is the consistent thoroughness and dedication to quality performance. It is showing up in my own work. I recently built four tables for a merchant and realized that I took more patience, adjusted small mis-alignments and looked more closely at each completed stage. In the past I’ve allowed small errors to get past me to be discovered in the end product…..but Paul is definitely making a difference for my work. Thanks to all.


  5. John Moore on 19 December 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I could be the only person with 4 clamps, I was thinking I must go buy more clamps (which I will eventually) before trying to make this stool. Thanks for taking that 30 extra seconds and explaining it can be done with less clamps.

    I will try to build a stool in January. I am looking forward to a comfortable seat.


  6. Mgolfyork on 20 December 2013 at 3:13 am

    I was wondering about the seat glue up. I noticed also on the coffee table top, Paul did not use biscuit joinery. I watched on the New Yankee workshop, Norm Abrams used biscuit joinery on the mission desk I built from the show. I used biscuits as well. Is there any benefits for using biscuits?

    • Greg Merritt on 20 December 2013 at 4:36 am

      Glue is all that you need…best way I know of to convince you is to edge glue two boards tother, just as you normally would. Joint, glue and clamp. Let it dry. Now try to tear it apart. You will be able to break the panel but not the glue joint.

    • Bob Billson on 12 June 2015 at 9:38 pm

      I always thought the biscuits’ purpose was merely to hold the alignment of parts. At least when Norm glued up boards to make a wider, that’s what I took from it. I never thought those little biscuits were doing all the work holding the joint together. That’s silly. 🙂

  7. str8tedge on 20 December 2013 at 5:00 am

    I’m with Greg, glue is all you need.

    There’s been a lot of positive and negative discussion about biscuit joinery in wood forums over the past few years. I’m not sure which argument is correct as to whether they are really worth using or not.

    The negative argument is that they tend to swell in high humidity and fail. Anyone know more about this? Maybe a separate thread.

    Joe B.

  8. adrian on 21 December 2013 at 12:28 am

    Great glue up guide tips, Thank you for the excellent demonstration as always you cover those special areas that can cause us difficulty and how to avoid them.

  9. benbeel on 26 April 2015 at 3:22 am

    My clamps slip a ton using the wedges. Can’t tighten at all really without them riding up the legs. Any tips???

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