Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

Arts & Kraft Inc. Furniture

“You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” — Charlie Parker “We believed punk rock existed through people like ATV … Continue reading

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Let Each of Them the Other Aid

Artists and craftsmen too should deal With good faith and with honest zeal; Let each of them the other aid With work well done and things well made, And as he would be served, thus serve. — Hans Sachs, “The … Continue reading

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Staked Dutch Furniture in Van Vliet’s 1635 ‘Book of Crafts & Trades’

Whether you realize it or not, we pour a significant amount of the money you send us into our research library. While it might not be as impressive as the mechanic’s library at Winterthur or the American College of the … Continue reading

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Fight the Urge

When I work with beginning woodworkers, I’ve noticed a strange and consistent tendency relating to the tidiness of their work. When building something small – like a marking gauge or a dovetailed box – they fuss over every fiber, inside … Continue reading

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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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