Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

Crackle Finish on a 6-board Chest

There are lots of ways to achieve a cracked paint finish, and I don’t pretend to be an expert on all the different products and methods out there. But I do know what works for me every time, is completely … Continue reading

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A Fancier Base for a 6-board Chest

While the six-board chest is a simple form, there are some variants that make the chest look more high-style, like it might have a fancy bracket-foot base. Today I decided to convert the chest I built for the Alabama Woodworkers … Continue reading

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Outsider Art & the Furniture of Necessity

“You can have art in your daily life if you want it, but you don’t. You prefer fountain-pens and motor cars.” — Eric Gill, the creator of the Gill Sans typeface, as quoted in “Country Craftsmen” by Freda Derrick (1945) … Continue reading

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New DVD: Six Board Chest

We’ve just received our stock of the “Six Board Chest” DVD I shot with Lie-Nielsen in 2012. It’s my second “long-form” DVD at 120 minutes long and is focused as much on the techniques as the chest itself. And there … Continue reading

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Cool Joinery on this Settle

Mark Firley of The Furniture Record sent me some photos of a couple of high-back settles he’s encountered in his travels. One of them has a curved seat and back, like the example I showed yesterday. But even more interesting … Continue reading

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Upcoming Projects from ‘The Furniture of Necessity’

Though I haven’t been writing much about it, work has continued on my next book, “The Furniture of Necessity.” It’s still too far away to predict its publication date, but things are falling into place to make a type of … Continue reading

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Another 6-board Chest

For me, naming things is akin to violence. So you can imagine how fond I am of the habit of people “naming” their pieces of furniture. But no matter. Today I finished up a six-board chest made of Eastern white … Continue reading

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