Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

Octagons for the Win

There aren’t many things I miss about corporate America – except for Teresa. Teresa runs the mailroom at F+W Media (among other things), and was always there to sign for packages and put them in your hands so you could … Continue reading

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The Second Backstool, Designed for Work (or Space?)

The second backstool for “The Furniture of Necessity” is going to be significantly different than the first three-legged example from last month. I’ve slimmed the seat down and replaced its rounded shape with tapers and flat chamfers. Though there is … Continue reading

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New Tool Chest is a Joint Project

Juggling a book and a furniture commission is like juggling two balls – pretty easy and not all that impressive. These last two weeks have been a full on circus: two books in overdrive (Peter Galbert’s “Chairmaker’s Notebook” and Don … Continue reading

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Revising the Seat

Today I’ve been sketching a new seat for the three-legged backstool. Here’s where we are at 3:59 p.m. and ready for a beer after a long day of editing. — Christopher Schwarz

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How I Evaluate My Own Work

If you put your work out on display, you will receive criticism. There’s the favorable: “Will you sell it to me?” And the not-so-good: “Wow, that is a nice piece of oak you used.” I’m used to it, and it … Continue reading

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The Unpredictable Backstool

The three-legged form of backstool is ideal for uneven or dirt floors, though it looks wrong at first to modern eyes, like a Zap Xebra three-wheeled car. Though we all know in our heads that a three-legged stool is stable, … Continue reading

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More Chairs of Necessity

Peter Follansbee, one of the authors of “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree,” dug up some photos of historical examples of chairs that Randle Holme drew in the 17th century. The photos of chairs are here. Peter also wrote … Continue reading

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