What happens when you give a Stihl to a robot and tell him to have at it?

In this case, you get a fascinating demonstration in furniture-making. The designers (Tom Pawlofsky and Tibor Weissmahr) met at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany — where clearly, art studies go well beyond learning how to use paint brushes and pallet knives. They equipped an industrial robot with an electric chainsaw and programed it to make a series of cuts in a log. When the waste is lifted away, what's left is a pair of stackable stools. More interesting than the stools, which are somewhat crude, is the sequence of cuts used to make them. I do have one piece of advice for Tom and Tibor: If I were you I'd think twice about turning my back on a robot holding a chainsaw.