The book stool is born from a one-inch solid piece of FSC-certified lumber, hand-picked for color and consistency of grain. The lumber is then planed down to just shy of ¾”, giving it a slightly more airy feel. Next the boards travel through the jointer, becoming straight and true before being adjoined side-by-side using mortise and tenon, which creates the top and legs of the bench. Screws and nails are forgone in this traditional method involving only wood and glue.
Once the boards are properly sized, they go through a rigorous smoothing process with the use of scrapers and fine grit sandpaper. We chose finger joints for the stool because they offer both strength and symmetrical beauty to the corners of the bench. Ours are done one at a time with a combination of a router and hand tools. During final assembly, 15 clamps hold everything perfectly in place while the glue sets. Finally, a special no-VOC, non-toxic, one-coat finish is rubbed on and buffed out by hand. The end result is a beautiful bench that is highly resistant to moisture and will last a lifetime.
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