Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

The $2 Steambox

One of my goals of the “Furniture of Necessity” is to encourage people to build things that look complex but are actually simple once you know the trick. Think: compound joinery without a single numeral or calculation. Or, in today’s … Continue reading

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You are Like a Dog that Pees on the Rug

The following is not a petition for affirmation. It is merely a reminder to myself not to order so many books at press time. Though I loved journalism school, it didn’t love me. During my first two years, both my … Continue reading

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There is More than One Texture

Not everything should be as smooth as a nun’s stomach. While every surface of my work is finished with handplanes, that doesn’t mean it was a smoothing plane. Cabinet backs and the undersides of everything are best finished with a … Continue reading

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German Wood-threading Tools

After struggling with the inexpensive wood-threading tools from China and Taiwan, I have been looking for a better way to tap and thread hardwoods. I purchased the Big Threader by Beall Tool Co. a couple years ago to try it … Continue reading

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The Staked Furniture Toolkit

If you are interested in some of the staked furniture I’ve been building, such as this three-legged backstool, or in making a Roorkee chair, here are the joinery tools I use. I make no apologies for these tools. I need … Continue reading

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Into the Weird

After three straight months of editing and writing during all waking (and drinking) hours, I was starting to wake up sore in the morning. Not the “I can’t look my spouse in the eye after last night’s weird” sore. It … Continue reading

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On Being Self-taught

People just like what I do and buy it. As for schooling, my clients are my teachers. They’re the ones who bring me the design problems. Schools get too easily divorced from the real world. In many places students graduate … Continue reading

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