This section is from the book "The Boy Mechanic Vol. 2 1000 Things for Boys to Do", by Popular Mechanics Co.. Also available from Amazon: The Boy Mechanic, Vol2: 1000 Things for Boys to Do.
The material necessary for this stool is as follows:
4 legs, 1% by 1% by 16 in.
4 bottom rails, % by 1 3/4by 1G in.
4 top rails, % by 2by 16 1/2 in.
4 diagonal braces, % by. 1 3/4 by 6 in.
Ill: Weaving The Top Of The Stool by Using a Wet Weaver of Reed
Ill: Construction of the Frame and Manner of Laying the Weavers for the Top
The legs are mortised so the top rails come level. The upper rails are tenoned on the sides only and beveled at the ends. For the bottom rails, the mortises are made one above the other, the rails being tenoned on all sides. The braces are cut at 45° on each end and glued into place.
In weaving the top, proceed as follows : Use a wet weaver and wrap one layer over the entire top, the strips being placed close together and tightly wound. Start the second layer at right angles to the first by going under one strip, then over three strips, under three, and so on, by threes, until that strip is finished. Start the second by going under two strips, then over three, under three, and so on, as before. The third strip should start by going under three, then over and under three, etc. Start the fourth by going over one, then under three, and over three, as in the preceding; the fifth, start over two, then under and over three, repeatedly. The sixth, and last of the series, begin over three and then continue, by threes, as before. Having finished one series, the remainder of the top should be completed in similar order. Good white shellac makes the best finish for the seat; the stool itself may be finished to suit. - Contributed by Russel Dodsworth, Erie, Pa.