Child’s Stool: Episode 2

Child's Stool Episode 2 KF

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There is a lot in this little project, especially if you have never made such a thing. Scribing the angles for the feet and making certain that the legs are wedged correctly and the stool rests firmly on all fours is a trick we give away with this episode. Paul was satisfied that this simple stool became a great vehicle for you to learn certain skills of chairmaking. The stool also makes a heritage gift for family and friends.


  1. Steve Mees on 16 April 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Loved this little project Paul. The first thing I ever made was your three-legged stool, and watching this took me back. Thank you.

  2. Andy Gaboric on 16 April 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Lovely video, great instruction, I expected nothing less, thank you Paul and company for all of the wonderful work that you all put out.

  3. theodore on 16 April 2021 at 11:28 pm

    A nice “little” project, with many subtle details. I have to say that I also appreciate the fact that the bench and cabinets of Paul’s workshop are functional and not just displays for an ultra-complete tool collection.
    The final realisation that this project was done with just a few tools, is inspiring for newcomers but also power-tool addicts that are tempted to try a more simple and quiet form of woodworking

  4. Josh Szolomayer on 17 April 2021 at 5:24 am

    My daughter has her second birthday in a couple weeks and I’ve got a slab of 6/4 soft maple that has this project written all over it! Can’t wait to give this a go. I need to do more hand tool work. You’re an inspiration, Paul! All the best, Josh – FL.

  5. Carlos M. Zaccaro on 18 April 2021 at 1:14 am

    Excellent as usual!!!!
    just a question: if you wanted to use linseed oil, can you apply shelac on top afterwards?
    Regards from Argentina!!!

  6. kevinfricault on 19 April 2021 at 11:57 am

    You switched from a chisel to your scrub plane which you’ve used many times before. I finally turned one of my bench planes into a scrub plane. If anyone has been putting this off for any reason take time to do it. It works great! The best hour I ever spent. Thank you Paul!

  7. Skip Hall on 19 April 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Your love and caring for your sweet granddaughter is apparent throughout this project, Paul… right down to the last brush stroke. She will love it, as will her children, and her grandchildren. Thank you for giving a long-cut tree and a “dated” piece of furniture, new life and purpose, for a few more generations.

  8. Joe Renta on 20 April 2021 at 3:05 am

    I know a 3 year old granddaughter who has a surprise gift from Pop arriving shortly.
    Thank you Paul

  9. Eric Lundholm on 20 April 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Re shellac and linseed oil, try it on a scrap, there are a lot of variables between countries. I would probably linseed oil then paste wax it would likely last for years and if it gets scratched its easily touched up.

  10. Fred Love on 23 April 2021 at 7:57 am

    I use shellac over linseed oil all the time. It’s my favorite finish for cherry. Just be sure to give the oil adequate time to cure before applying shellac, usually a few days, depending on conditions.

  11. undergroundhunter on 3 May 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Simply stunning.

  12. Keith Brooks on 5 May 2021 at 5:40 pm

    What wood was the legs made from please

  13. grover on 16 May 2021 at 11:18 am

    What si this violet liquid finish ayer te shellac?

  14. Paul Rowell on 17 May 2021 at 7:33 am

    In the UK it is called Methylated Spirits.

  15. YrHenSaer on 17 May 2021 at 9:20 am

    Often just “Meths”…….. the purple dye is added by law to improve its appearance when mixed in a cocktail!

  16. thomas m pasanski on 15 September 2022 at 3:27 am

    Well Paul thanks for the project. going to attempt to make one if not two. have a chair from a tree 3 leg crotch, came out well . used in the back yard by the fire pit.

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