Category Archives: Projects

Folding Campaign Bookcase Complete

For the last seven weeks I’ve been building this folding campaign bookcase using sapele I purchased from the dearly departed Midwest Woodworking. My logbook says I have about 50 hours in the project. It took seven weeks because I was … Continue reading

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Time to Stop and Smell the Sapele

Tucked between my trips to both coasts and editing Peter Galbert’s in-fricking-credible book on chairmaking I’ve been building this folding campaign bookcase in sapele for an article in Popular Woodworking Magazine. The bookcase looks so simple: two boxes that are … 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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The Question: How Thick? The Answer: 1-3/16”

Yesterday morning I turned leg after leg, experimenting with different diameters and shapes to produce a folding stool that would easily hold a 225-pound person but not look like it was made with Tuscan-order columns. About 2 p.m. I had … Continue reading

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Folding Stools: The Scrapple of the Campaign Furniture World

Today I’m building a couple of three-legged folding stools for “Campaign Furniture.” We’ve been building these all summer in classes and for fun, but I have neglected to take photos of the process – not that there is much of … Continue reading

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A Teak (Again with the Teak?) Officer’s Desk

I thought I was through with teak after finishing up my latest campaign chest, but the woodpile had other ideas. After sorting through my stack of woods appropriate for campaign furniture, it was clear that a mondo piece of 26”-wide … Continue reading

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Moravian Stool Madness

Many time you publish a project or article in a magazine and then brace yourself for the outpouring of interest or controversy. But what you get is the sound of bored crickets. Other times you write something that you think … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

By Ty Black Because Chris is on the other side of the globe, things have been coming along with the drawing table. The web frames were nailed through the sides with $25 worth of Peter Ross’s finest. What a pain … Continue reading

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New DVD ‘Shaker Side Table’ Now Available

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks has just received stock of my latest DVD on building a Shaker Side Table entirely by hand. If that’s all you need to hear, go here to order it from Lie-Nielsen. Here are more details. This is a … Continue reading

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Teak Campaign Chest: Begin the Begin

When I break down rough stock, I almost always use three sawbenches, a framing square and a handsaw. Even when I had access to a monster radical-harm saw, I stuck to my handsaw because the process gave me loads of … Continue reading

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