It can also used with the vertical support
in front, which is as comfortable as using it as a back
rest. It is very light and elegant, due to the economy of
In the Shop
We chose cedar (cedrela spp.) for this
stool. It is a light, strong wood and always “friendly” for
woodworking. In general we first cut the joints with the
rough cut parts, and then shaped each piece. With the stock
prep complete we begin
by making the “T” for the seat which has a
mortise and tenon joint. We took special care in marking out
this joint, thinking of the material that would be removed
in the final shaping.
We bored the holes in the seat with a drill
press at the prescribed angles, testing the angles first on
a scrap of plywood. At various times in the construction we
used scraps to make test joints before working on the final
pieces - a good way to prevent wasted material.
Next we turned the tenons on the legs, to
fit into the seat bottom. Frid used a hollow auger on a
brace to cut the tenons. We didn’t have that tool, so we
used a lathe.
Frid used dovetails to attach the back to
the seat, which makes a very strong joint. The angle between
the back and the seat is oblique, making careful marking out
We than made the pins of the dovetail joint
by hand, using a backsaw and chopping the waste with
We continued making the dovetail on the
tablesaw, leaning the blade at an 80º angle. The piece was
leaned slightly backward, clamped to a batten.