Lost Art Press
How about an actual “old school” bench. I don’t think the french had Douglas Fir. But even if they had softwood, they would not make it from circular saw boards. Make each part from a single plank, say, from one solitary hardwood tree, one with endless tiger ripples and basket weave? No doubt Andre knew about solitary trees with wind figure. Put back in the “rising” dove tail legs. Loose the glue and the fasteners and put in the stretchers with wedges with rising sun and setting moon wedge ups. May be some next century hardware like zero friction roller bearing ways for the vices with some creative solution for release clamping, like a cam clamp or Mac Campsure’s pneumatic Airtight clamps. Put in some claw feet, the way a real “mender” would have made his own bench?
The French didn’t have softwood?
Feel free to source that material and offer that class in five days…
Je suis certain qu’ histoire sera d’accord avec moi sur ce point, monsieur!
But with the great Oak forests of Roubo’s time, we French built the best Oak tall ships the English Navy ever sailed!
Find one stick of Douglas Fir in LeTrinnon, mon ami?
I believe we used soft wood to fire the stove and cook the soup and to spirit the goose about!! LOL