Yesterday's airing of the WoodWright's Shop showed the process of making a
3 legged stool (chair, seating). They commented on the history of 3 legge
d seating, being a standard long time ago, about 1300s - 1600s, I think it
About 25-30 yrs ago, I saw a 3 legged chair in a museum and thought "What's
so special about that? I can build that. Simple geometry!"
I had taken pics of the museum chair, but don't have them anymore. That ch
air's base framing looked similar to this one: http://metmuseum.org/colle
Also, the chair I saw didn't have armrests and had a one-board backrest.
The WoodWright project construction was similar to the museum chair I had s
When I returned from the museum trip, I tried to build a 3 legged chair (no
supplied plans). It wasn't as easy as I thought. I made 3 sets of legs,
before the 4th set was almost correct. I don't think my using tree limbs (
raw, non-milled lumber) was the problem, either. Though my woodworking sk
ills were not advanced, I certainly didn't think this project was that tech
nically difficult, until I tried it. I realized THAT chair and similar mus
eum pieces are in the museums for a reason.
I still have the chair I made, stashed in the barn. The seat is rope weavi
ng, as back then I was practicing & learning how to weave rush, cane, etc.
and I took this opportunity to practice this weaving technique. I had the
rope handy, at the time. I've never replaced the rope with something more
This was a good learning project for me, back then.... learning the hard wa
y? The WoodWright episode brought back the memories of my building, tackli
ng the 3 legged chair project. I would encourage all to try a 3 legged ch
air or stool, as this, without a set of plans, i.e, you figure it out.