As the reasonably well-known quote goes:
A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.
Change a few words, e.g. "watch" to "book on chair making" and you have the abyss I'm in real danger of falling into. So I'm thinking there's some 2" thick beech in the workshop, beech is an okay wood for chairs, prototypes are always a Good Thing, so why not just have a go? The worst thing that'll happen is really high class firewood and getting out the music stand plans. But it may even result in a useable stool of some sort. Okay for the workshop anyway...
It's a thought.