Child’s Stool: Episode 1
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Not all projects need to be large and, nor do they need to be complex to give the reward of satisfaction. This is an upcycling bonus piece and may well be the lure to get you into chairmaking or bench seats. With just a few hand tools and a couple of hours in the garage, you will find yourself completely engrossed in a new dimension of making where there is no knifewall joinery and not much layout at all. Paul made his first one for his granddaughter and the second one to encourage you to make one for a footstool or a child’s stool or a plant stand.
Wouldn’t it be better to show how you would use new wood than destroying an old chair?
Love your infectious enthusiasm, reminds me of my school days back in the early 80’s
Cannot believe you DESTROYED a very usable piece of furniture, even if it was a modern machine manufactured item.
Like the tools you introduce to us, will the price of old chairs maybe go up?
Still a very nice project to introduce the children in our life to working with wood.
As always, poetry in action. Thank you.
Thanks for the video. As for those bothered by the repurposing of the old chair, from a resource stewardship standpoint, reusing wood is undoubtedly better than getting “new wood.” And if the craftsmanship of the old chair is not particularly valuable, as in the case of mass produced furniture, then nothing is lost by disassembling and transforming good wood into good work.
I can’t believe these people complaining about “destroying” the chair! Folks, this is not a classic antique item! These chairs are “a dime a dozen” in yard sales and such. It is not being destroyed; it is being turned into something a child will cherish and pass on to the next generation!
Paul probably dragged that chair from a dumpster(skip) and gets heat for giving it a purpose. Unbelievable. You keep doing you Paul.
A chair we no longer use, better take it apart to use its wood than throwing it into the garbage.
To me ‘destroy’ is not what he did.
Thanks for that one and the poetry in the comments!
Restoration is good as well, particularly if its been in a family and has an owner who will use it. A single chair in the ‘skip’ ? Not too many folks are going to want it.
I agree with Marco – this stool will be around another 100 years, and it sends a valuable message (repurpose and reuse) to the tot who sits on it.
I’m amazed what Paul finds – elm, mahogany – I seem to always find tables and chairs built of pine or plywood – or worst (Ikea).
About nails/screws in the legs, it might be helpful to run an rare-earth magnet over the joint before cutting and using a hacksaw if you find metal.
Use of wood and parts from old unusable furniture is something I have been doing for a long time. An example, I recently used turned spindles from the back of an old chair to make my granddaughter a 4 poster doll bed.
Thanks Paul for you approach to wood working and sharing. I have always believed there are two types of wood workers, carpenters and craftsman. I am 77 and have been doing wood working as a hobby since I was 14, you have helped me become more of a craftsman. Much appreciated.
Gimme a break! Re-purposing is not destroying. You’re The Man, Paul.
What if you don’t have a couple of wooden compass planes?
You make them–there are free videos out there (here or YouTube) on which Paul shows you how to do it.
I made a couple years ago but never hardened the blades–a job for tomorrow.
Great idea Paul, too many of these old chairs end up in the skip as you say. I think its better working the old wood as its well seasoned. Looking forward to thee next installment. 👍
> What if you don’t have a couple of wooden compass planes?
That’s why this four-episode free lesson is there 🙂
Thanks Selva, Got some O1 tool steel. Next project.
Unfortunately, the original chair would have been sold as firewood today. Even if I could find an Elm board today to remake just the original chair seat, it would cost me 30 or 40 times what the whole scrap chair was sold to Paul for, I guess.
Now the step/stool will be a useful piece of furniture probably unit his granddaughter’s granddaughter’s time…
I’m going to have to visit a thrift store soon to see if I can find an inexpensive old chair with good quality wood. Thanks Paul and team for the video.
I don’t think so. Paul has done a hundred videos starting with new wood. This is a great video if you want to repurpose an old chair that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage.
In the US that chair would have gone to the landfill and if it was lucky it would have become bark dust after being ground up. Instead it is recycled into a stool that may be used by children for years to come. Paul has shown how to make chairs before, if you choose to make one from scratch watch those videos for making the seat. The legs can be used for tool handles, the spindles for pegs etc. most of it can be reused into other items.
I have to find a discarded old chair and hopefully will make a chair for my granddaughter. Always a pleasure to watch you Paul many thanks, regards Howard.
Thanks for another project presentation. Can you tel where this rasp can be bought and aproximate price? Thank you.
That’s a Shinto Saw Rasp. I got mine for around $25 or $30, I believe.
All of this talk of destruction and disbelief. Sure, the chair was still usable in it’s original state but the purpose of this is to represent upcycling something that may not be in such good shape.
A good exercise for those who need it.
Paul explains in his blog dated 19 march 2021 where the chair comes from.
I might laminate some scrap wood to make the seating part.
Love it. Great way to preserve elm do another 200 years. 🤦🏼♀️
Meant 👍🏼 Not 🤦🏼♀️
Now I have got a small double radiused plane now.
For those who think it’s terrible to recycle the chair, realize it’s almost impossible to find elm. And I’m sure his grand daughter will be more excited about her own stool, too.
Paul, I was wondering why you have switched to “gents” saws from the old standard back saws.
Thanks for reminding us to make sure we have the auger bit going in the right direction when drilling the leg holes!
How often, in my haste, a moment of thought would have saved an error!
If I might say, that very simple reminder, is why your such a great instructor. Thank you Paul.
First love the boots your granddaughter(?) is wearing in picture. Remknds me of watching Peter Rabbit books and videos with my daughters.
Hope the naysayers dont see the two chair seats and a bunch of spindles I have stashed in my garage. The manufacturer used nails and staples to attached legs to seat and the wood was shredded.
You keep following what your mind tells you is right.
Arod, he used open handled small saws for his dovetail demonstration videos in the past because they were better out of the box than available gents saws. BUT, then purchased relatively inexpensive gents saws, filed properly, and set correctly to show the alternative to considerably more expensive saws on the market. The videos are available on his website showing how to do the same. From past explanations, my wording, his explanation. Some people have used hacksaws, what your budget allows you can get into wood working if you want to.
Do you have any suggestions where one may purchase these tools? I am just a beginner without an inventory of equipment. Thank you.
John go to commonwoodworking . Com it is their sister site and has buying , using ,and sharpenng guides for beginners.
TOTALLY cool! I just picked of a few chairs at a thrift store that will see new use and a new life. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy these videos. As for those who got their noses out of joint because he “destroyed” a chair that was destined for the trash heap…seriously???
There should be a label placed on those who cry foul for you reusing a chair for innumerable benefit to those who are learning the trade. A dunce cap would work.
One chair for the good of many. Well done.