Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

A Trestle Festival

Leave it to Jeff Burks to turn up a bunch of images of early trestle tables that I haven’t seen before. As you’ll see from the gallery below, these trestle tables are of the old variety – two independent horses … Continue reading

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The Dream of the Brown Monkeys

For the last two years, Peter Follansbee and I have been having a conversation about trestle tables – or rather, we’ve been talking about two different forms of furniture that seem to share the same name. The term “trestle” is … Continue reading

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Help Me, Suzanne

I haven’t abandoned my “Furniture of Necessity” book. Suzanne “the Saucy Indexer” Ellison, simply won’t allow it. While my days are spent in teak and mahogany making campaign furniture, Suzanne has been feeding me a steady diet of vernacular forms … Continue reading

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Woodworking from the Cradle to the Grave

One of the most essential pieces of woodwork provided by joiners was the coffin – it’s a topic I’ve been doing research on for the “Furniture of Necessity” book. Coffin-making is a fascinating trade with special jigs and construction techniques … Continue reading

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Books in the Works – January 2013

As promised, here is a quick update on the books we are working on at Lost Art Press. “By Hand & By Eye” by George Walker and Jim Tolpin Layout artist Linda Watts has just finished her part of the … Continue reading

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Stumpy the Art Stump Project – in a Weekend

With only days before the Christmas holiday, I stumbled (literally) on a project idea in the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Step 1: Find a stump as big as your bottom. Step 2: Cut it to … Continue reading

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Download a Draft of my 6-board Chest Chapter

Before you download this draft chapter from my next book, “Furniture of Necessity,” please read the following disclaimers. 1. Woodworking is an inherently dangerous activit… wait, wrong disclaimer. Starting again. 1. This chapter has not been edited by anyone but … Continue reading

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Farewell, Fair Wood

There is something demented and wonderful about painting over completely clear 16”-wide pine boards. Today I finished up a board chest using some nice old pine boards from Midwest Woodworking. Like all the sugar pine, I’ve bought from Midwest, this … Continue reading

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Forged (Wink) Chest Hardware

If you have blacksmith taste but a Hillman Fastener budget, here’s a tip on how to make your hardware look better. I’m working on the lid of a six-board chest for a customer today and started tweaking the hinges, which … Continue reading

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LAP Stuff that’s Just Around the Bend

In addition to the A.J. Roubo translation of “L’Art du Menuisier,” we have been working on lots of other projects. Here’s a quick look at what the Lost Art Press extended family is doing in the final days of 2012. … Continue reading

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