My First Commission

15 03 2009

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Jenn commissioned a three legged stool to illustrate the following quote for her Relief Society lesson on Sunday, March 1st: “Hope is one leg of a three-legged stool, together with faith and charity. These three stabilize our lives regardless of the rough or uneven surfaces we might encounter at the time.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdor, The Infinite Power of Hope

The stool and legs are hard maple and the wedges are black walnut. It is 5 1/2″ high, 6″ deep. The top is 1 1/2″ thick and the sides are 6 1/2″ long. It is finished with three coats of Tried and True Danish Oil and two coats of paste wax.

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In the introduction to his book, Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction & Use, Christopher Schwarz states “Every piece of lumber has three kinds of surfaces: edges, faces and ends. A good workbench should be able to hold your lumber so you can easily work on these three kinds of surfaces.” He also describes the Kitchen Door Test (p. 9) to see how easily a standard kitchen door (3/4″ x 15″ x 23″) can be worked on all three surfaces.

The Kitchen Door Test is a good one, but I would like to add the Triangular Three Legged Stool Test. It isn’t a shape commonly worked, but it was a challenge to figure out how to hold the stool to work the top after the legs had been attached.

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– Jared

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