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with Alan Turner
Online Class

Custom Elegant Stool

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Use shop-made jigs, smart calculations, hand-tool techniques and more as you learn how to build a stool that's sure to be the best seat in the house. With Philadelphia Furniture Workshop founder Alan Turner as your guide, you'll start by cutting, then pattern-routing your stool's legs, and turning tenons on the lathe. Build the skills to drill compound angles for the seat, saw and clean tenon shoulders and assemble your joints for a perfect fit. You'll also create a variety of angled joinery to give your piece a unique profile. Alan will teach you to shape an ergonomic seat top using a gimbal jig, and add curved leg stretchers for an even more eye-catching design. Finally, level and chamfer the legs to finish a sophisticated stool with maximum stability.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h14m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Milling the Boards

1. Introduction & Milling the Boards

Meet your instructor, lifelong woodworker and professional teacher Alan Turner, as he previews the curved legs, seat and stretchers you'll make for this beautiful stool. Then get started as Alan walks you through milling the lumber for all of the parts of your stool.

2. Creating the Seat & Legs

2. Creating the Seat & Legs

Discover how angling the legs will affect your construction at nearly every step. Alan shows you how to use a jig to create angled leg holes in the seat before using a lathe to create the leg tenons. Then, see how to use a handsaw and chisel to angle the leg shoulders for a flush fit to the seat.

3. Angled Mortise & Tenon Joinery

3. Angled Mortise & Tenon Joinery

Alan offers professional tips for measuring and marking the blind, angled leg mortises used to attach the leg stretchers. Learn how to build an angled wedge jig and how to properly set up your chisel mortiser for perfect cuts every time. Then, use a dado blade on your table saw and a bandsaw to make the stretcher tenons.