Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

‘When Are You Opening a School?’

We aren’t. So you can stop asking poor Megan Fitzpatrick at Popular Woodworking Magazine that question and start getting the same answer from Brian Clites, your new moderator (brian@lostartpress.com). He’s happy to be abused. So what are we going to … Continue reading

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… Whether the English Magician had Gone Mad Because he was a Magician, or Because he was English

“He understood for the first time that the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands.” — “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke Warning: This is … Continue reading

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A Clean & Simple Furniture Finish

“Most of (Hans) Wegner’s furniture is delivered untreated – only buffed and treated with soap and water, so that the fine wood is ready to become more beautiful with use. Some furniture is delivered with a clear lacquer finish.” — … Continue reading

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Vinylcase, Bookcase

The simplest project in the upcoming “Furniture of Necessity” has required the most study and forethought. It’s a bookcase, which is a pretty standard piece of furniture. And the typical way of dealing with the different sizes of books is … Continue reading

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The Bare Bones Basics of Nail Technology

Note: Lately I’ve been pouring all of my creative energy into writing my next book (and editing the books of others). And with Jeff Burks on vacation, the content has been a little light here. So here is the draft … Continue reading

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Sociable Settles

“When you come to think of it, settles were the only form of traditional oak furniture that were not used for dining; they were for resting, conversing and drinking. As such, they were sociable, not hierarchical. Unlike other forms of … Continue reading

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Plate No. 1

When reviewing the literature on vernacular furniture since 1500, here is the writers’ universal observation: There is not much scholarship on this furniture. And that is amazing and disappointing. As you might know, I am not a scholar. I don’t … Continue reading

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