Wooden Stools – How They Are Made

Quality of workmanship is often overlooked during the selection of wooden stools as well as other pieces of wooden furniture. While most buyers pay a great deal of attention to quality of the timber, they tend to be less cautious when it comes to quality of workmanship. They take a closer look at the product and if they do not find any obvious faults, they assume that it is well made. However, just because you cannot find any faults that does not necessarily mean there are not any. For example, you cannot see whether the mortise and tenon joints fit perfectly or if the stability of the stool relies exclusively on an inferior quality glue. And for that reason it is highly important to pay attention to how wooden stool is made as well before buying one.

Wooden stools can either be fully- or semi-machine made, handmade or handcarved. We recommended fully-machine made or handcarved wooden stools because:

1. Although handmade furniture is often viewed as a prestigious, most pieces of handmade furniture are not made by highly skilled carpenters in Europe but by carpenters and workers in the Far East where hand labour remains a cheap alternative to fully mechanised production. Some pieces of furniture are beautifully made but as mentioned earlier, there is no way to tell how well the mortise and tenon joints are fitted together.

2. Semi-machine made wooden stools are partly made by hand and partly by hand powered tools. Again, the final product depends greatly on the skills and expertise of the workers.

3. With fully-machine made furniture, there is no toleration for imperfections and faults. All the components are made by the machines with the highest precision so that mortise and tenon joints fit perfectly. Fully-machine made furniture production also ensures consistency and as a result, there are no variations in quality from one piece of furniture to another like this is often the case with handmade and semi-machine made furniture. Due to high costs of machinery, technology and training of the workers, fully-machine made furniture is slightly more expensive but you have the piece of mind that your stool will not collapse while you or your family member is using it as a step stool.

4. Wooden stools which are handcarved from a single piece of wood are a good choice as well because what you see is what you get. There are no mortise and tenon joints and as a result, there is no risk of hidden faults affecting the structural stability of the stool. Handcarved stools are also an excellent choice if you are after a stool that makes a statement.