Category Archives: Campaign Furniture

First Review of ‘Campaign Furniture’

Norman Reid of Wood News Online just reviewed “Campaign Furniture” for the latest issue. Here is a short excerpt of the review: “…(W)hile I was tempted to pass up this book, I’m very glad I didn’t. I came to like … Continue reading

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Video: Lay Out the Seat for the Folding Stool

Several readers have reported difficulty laying out the leather seat for the folding stool in the book “Campaign Furniture.” My method for laying it out is unsophisticated. The recipe includes: 1. My butt 2. A stick 3. A nail 4. … Continue reading

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Some Roorkee Details to Ponder

Ghurka – the maker of fine leather goods – offers a couple of different Roorkee patterns for sale at its website: the officer’s lounger and the officer’s chair. Both are made in the classic style in oak with nice leather … Continue reading

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Full-size Leather Lips for Your Stool

The leather “lips” for the seat on the stool in “Campaign Furniture” have stymied a few readers. Their exact shape isn’t critical, but I should have provided a gridded diagram to make things easier. Reader Glenn Frazee has made it … Continue reading

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The Piltdown Cabinet

Most woodworkers become adept at hiding repairs on their furniture or antiques. But some use this skill to fool a buyer into paying much more for a piece that is actually modern or has been cobbled together from several antique … Continue reading

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Folding Campaign Bookcase Complete

For the last seven weeks I’ve been building this folding campaign bookcase using sapele I purchased from the dearly departed Midwest Woodworking. My logbook says I have about 50 hours in the project. It took seven weeks because I was … Continue reading

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A Roorkee Footstool

The principles behind the Roorkee chair can be easily adapted to other forms of furniture besides chairs. Its loose-tenon joinery has been used to make beds and even tables on occasion. Today, however, I saw my first Roorkee footstool. This … Continue reading

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Time to Stop and Smell the Sapele

Tucked between my trips to both coasts and editing Peter Galbert’s in-fricking-credible book on chairmaking I’ve been building this folding campaign bookcase in sapele for an article in Popular Woodworking Magazine. The bookcase looks so simple: two boxes that are … Continue reading

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Last Call for Free Shipping on ‘Campaign Furniture’

Free domestic shipping for “Campaign Furniture” ends at midnight tonight, April 5. After that, shipping and handling will be $8. Eight dollars is a lot of money (though not as much as $300). That $8 could be a six pack … Continue reading

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About the Obscure, Narrow and Nichey ‘Campaign Style’

Several of my friends and colleagues have been surprised by how well our new book, “Campaign Furniture,” has been selling. “That’s amazing,” they say, “for a style of furniture that is so ____________ .” Fill in the blank with any … Continue reading

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