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- Avoid Splintering with a HandsawThere are two woodworking tools that we have forgotten the most about in the last 50 years: the steel framing square and the handsaw. The steel framing square is essentially a jobsite calculator, and you can get up to speed on what it can do with one of several books. But handsaws are trickier to master. No one has written the be-all end-all book about using […]
- Holdfast Holes: Where Should They be Located?You don’t need a lot of holdfast holes to hold most work on your bench. In fact, I’ve found that somewhere between eight and 10 holes is more than enough for most work. And if I used a tail vise, I probably could get away with just two or three holdfast holes. The topic of where to put holdfast holes stresses out a lot of bench builders, especially if they’v […]
- Avoid Splintering with a Handsaw
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Category Archives: Campaign Furniture
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Campaign seating is one of my favorite furniture topics. Roorkee chairs, X-stools, Fenby-patent chairs etc. are all interesting because they are portable, mechanical and (duh) chairs. Jeff Burks recently turned up a number of fascinating Civil War photographs by James … Continue reading
Jeff Burks turned up an interesting patent for a camp stool that seems genius, and yet I’ve never seen an example in the wild. Nathaniel Johnson of New York was granted patent 32,698 on July 2, 1861, for using a … Continue reading
ONE of our Indian readers sends us particulars for the making of a simple home cot, which we think will be of general interest. The cot consists of a skeleton framework supported by four legs, the overall height being 18 … Continue reading
We’re going back on press for a second printing of “Campaign Furniture” with a few corrections and a slightly different cover. The only significant correction, which was to the Roorkee Chair chapter, is discussed here. I also added a thank … Continue reading
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