Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

Where His Gunpowder was Only Snuff

“Writing a book is like driving a car at night. You only see as far as your headlights go, but you can make the whole trip that way.” — E.L. Doctorow I was pissfarting around with my combination square today … Continue reading

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This is Not Your 15th-century Ancestor’s Table

Though it might seem like it, I’m not writing a book about medieval furniture. I’m leaving that task to the capable hands of Derek Olson at the Oldwolf Workshop. Check it out here, it’s going to be cool. The stuff … Continue reading

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On Your Feet, Peasant

I had an extra 60 minutes today so I leveled the tabletop, bored the mortises and reamed them. Part of me (the midbrain) likes the rough jack-planed surface now on the tabletop. But the rest of me knows I’m going … Continue reading

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De Minimis Commercial Appeal

One of the quirks of writing for a woodworking magazine comes when you build a reproduction of a famous piece of furniture, such as Stickley’s #334 Morris chair. One of the typical lines in the story will discuss the original’s … Continue reading

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Straight Dope on Band Saws & Tapers

The most terrifying moment I’ve ever had in woodworking was using a commercial table saw tapering jig by following the jig’s instructions. The jig was exactly like this one, which is sold by a lot of woodworking stores. I hesitate … Continue reading

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The First Fraternity House Table

Though I’ve shopped at Frank Paxton lumber for almost 20 years, I’ve never been asked the following question. Until today. “I’ve got to ask,” the clerk said. “What the heck are you building with this wood?” Since starting work on … Continue reading

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Better, But Sheesh

I’ll have to check my shop notes, but I think this trestle took as long to draw as it did to build in wood. The precision of CAD does not lend itself easily to curved, compound shapes. My head hurts … Continue reading

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