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Chapter 6. Fool’s Stool

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Figure 6-1. Build a fake colonial period stool good enough to fool almost everybody.

By Gordon Thorburn

Almost anybody can make A 17th-century board stool. In those early, pioneering times, techniques and tools were fairly primitive and ambitions consequently modest, so today, faking the American colonial style requires a do-it-for-fun, cavalier attitude rather than serious precision.

In making your brand-new antique, it actually helps if you begin with joinery that’s not perfectly straight, level, smooth, and right-angled.

You’re not making a direct copy. The photographs are here for guidance, but each fake piece is ...

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