Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

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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Happy Bunkday to Me

I use a lot of construction lumber in my projects – not only for workbenches but for furniture projects as well. If you carefully select your lumber you can end up with very nice wood for little money. I’ve written … Continue reading

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The Second Staked Backstool

I don’t give names to my pieces of furniture. I have nothing against people who do, but it’s just not my thing. But sometimes a piece of furniture reminds me of someone as I’m building it. When I look at … Continue reading

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Hide Glue Gives You Happy Endings

There are many reasons to use hide glue for furniture, and today I was reminded of one of them – hide glue sticks to itself. This morning I assembled the uppercarriage of this wacky backstool and hit a serious snag. … Continue reading

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Woodworking by Jack Handy

I wonder sometimes if the reason old woodworking texts seem frustratingly incomplete to us is because there weren’t many words out there that could help one learn the craft. Put another way: Why do most old woodworking texts begin with … Continue reading

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