Handy Stool: Episode 3

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This episode is all about the legs. Paul shows how to layout and saw the tapers. Then he moves on to making the leg octagonal with just a scrub plane and a smoothing plane. Then it is on to fitting the leg to the hole using a spokeshave and a scraper; and that is how you make a leg without needing a lathe or any other machinery!

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  1. Curtis Brookshire on 27 September 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Can this stool be made out of pine?

    • Izzy Berger on 1 October 2019 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Curtis,

      Pauls says:

      Yes, I made the prototype out of pine. Pay close attention to not making the legs too thin or too splayed out because this weakens the leg points.

      Kind Regards,

  2. Steve Mees on 27 September 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Good to see the ol’ relaxed muscle coming into its own!

  3. dpawson on 27 September 2019 at 3:11 pm

    It seemed odd that the thinner end of the leg is at the seat end, thicker on the floor?
    Is that normal?

    • Izzy Berger on 1 October 2019 at 3:44 pm


      Paul says:
      Not too sure what normal is, as there is no industry standard, however if I took this stool outside to sit on to harvest my beans I would want the wider surface to prevent penetrating the soil.

      Kind Regards,

  4. Eric Lundholm on 27 September 2019 at 3:38 pm

    I have been wanting to restore an 8 sided handle on a hammer my grandfather gave me 50 years ago, I have to make it as I can’t buy them any more. This gives me a better Idea of how to make it.

  5. Ziad Kammourieh on 27 September 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Paul, you started episode three plugging the screw holes. How did you cut the plugs? Did you use the usual plug cutter, cut a long dowel into shorter ones or used a different method? Thank you.

  6. cagire on 28 September 2019 at 8:53 am

    Another enjoyable episode, with another dozen woodworking tips from the master. I haven’t come across the clamp in the vice trick before now… seems such an obvious thing now. Lifting off with the spoke shave to prevent over-tapering and fine tuning with the card scraper were also tips gratefully received.
    Ongoing thanks to Paul and co. for the lessons.

  7. benriniker on 28 September 2019 at 11:05 am

    All of the tapes I have seen were 4 sided. The 2 sided approach looks simple. Any loss of strength or aperance issues? Any other reason to continue to use a 4 sided taper?

  8. Benoît Van Noten on 2 October 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Why didn’t I think about it : using a backer board when sawing wedges.
    Thank you

  9. Tom Moore on 31 October 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Paul
    Where do I find the cutting list for this project? Thanks for another great video

  10. Paul Byrne on 31 August 2020 at 12:05 am

    Probably something to do with all the relaxed muscle 🙂

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