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Online Class

Custom Elegant Stool


Simplify curves and angles to create a custom stool with unmatched craftsmanship.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Alan Turner
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Angled Mortise & Tenon Joinery
4. Curving & Installing the Legs
5. Shaping the Concave Curve on the Seat
6. Finishing the Joinery & Dry Fitting
7. Final Gluing, Sanding & Leveling

Taught by

Alan Turner
Alan Turner
Alan Turner is a lifelong woodworker and the founder of Philadelphia Furniture Workshop — a nonprofit, full-service school, teaching everything from basic courses for beginners to advanced courses for highly experienced woodworkers. Along with teaching woodworking, Alan also enjoys taking on the occasional furniture commission.

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