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So I was thinking about how I got started with woodworking, just puttering in my parent’s garage, and how sad it was that I didn’t have pictures of all those kiddie projects. And then I remembered this:

I built this stool in sixth-grade shop class. Sixth graders weren’t allowed to use power tools, so it’s all handwork (such as it is). I picked the project; the teacher picked the board from his closet. At the time, I didn’t know what it meant to be handed a few board feet of 1” thick S4S quartersawn cherry—I was just annoyed that one side had a bullnose and the other didn’t. Anyway, I built the stool and got a C (not that I’m bitter). Now, almost 30 years later, it’s still in use and still as solid as, well, 1” cherry.

It wasn’t until high school shop that I learned to machine rough lumber. I made a chess board, which came out very well (I got an A). Unfortunately, the school was short on clamps, and someone in a later class unclamped my project so they could clamp theirs. The joints never did quite hold and the board separated from its frame almost immediately and warped. Go fig.

Anyway, it’s not much to look at, but it’s proof of what thick, straight-grained, hardwood will do with just a few screws and glue.

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 06:42 PM

thanks for the story& the pic of a 30 yr old project,,fun!

-- Turn & turn somemore

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 06:44 PM

Great story for a nice stool! Thanks for sharing both :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 08:08 PM

I really like the stories behind the projects almost as well as the projects themselves. You should treasure this since it represents the beginning of your woodworking journey. It is something you can pass on to your children, along with other more sophisticated projects as well.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 10:18 PM

Well, I think you should request an “upgrade” on that C that you got for the stool. I figure that after 30 years of use – it deserves an A.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 11:02 PM

I’m giving you a “A” for having a stool …...that’s been used…... and still looking good….NO better than the day you made. As I have said in the past the seed of woodworking was planted 30 years ago. Is it not a shame that many woodworking classes have been dropped. Why….. not enought money…..or what are they going to use this skill for. What ever the reason, don’t forget about your grandchildern. Plant that seed of interest and some day they to will enjoy a hobby that will last them a life time.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#6 posted 02-12-2008 01:47 AM

Now that is classic piece, I find it simply beautiful. I can see your great great grandchildren bragging to anyone who will listen how you hand made it. I know it will be cherished by your family for a long long time to come, good work.

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.
John Ruskin

-- I can build us one.

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#7 posted 02-12-2008 04:28 AM

Good Story and an even better stool. My father has the Chess Board I made him in Jr. High Shop class, it has a few issues, hoping to replace it some time in the not to distant future.

As vocational school graduate I to find it upsetting that so many schools are closing down their shop classes. I am so glad there are people like those in this community that are keeping this craft alive and passing it on.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 02-12-2008 11:03 AM

Great stool that clearly has stood the test of time.

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 06:05 PM

isn’t it interesting how a single action can have such a long-lasting affect on someone’s life. Still remembering that “C” (not that you are bitter)... and the removed clamp (you didn’t say whether you were bitter about that).

But now…..... look at this beautiful stool. Does it have your name and the date on it?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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