Perhaps this is because my shop is small, but I don’t like building full-size mockups of projects during the design process. When I’ve built full-size models in the past, I felt bad about wasting materials. Cheap pine could actually be used in a piece of furniture, and pink insulation could be protecting Hello Kitty from the cold.
But building half-size models is OK for some reason in my head. I can cut most parts from scraps in my waste bin. I use wire (clothes hangers) and cardboard (waste from boxes) at times. And the components are large enough to make it easy for me to imagine how the piece would look.
Today I finished up a half-scale model of a staked-leg backstool I’m working on for my “Furniture of Necessity” book. After dialing in the rake and splay of the legs, I concluded that this piece of furniture was so unique that it should bear my name – the Christopher Schwarz (TM) Staked Backstool.
No one has come up with a Backstool like this one with these particular angles, and so I, Christopher Schwarz, would like to share it with you so you can feel the full-on Schwarz when it comes to Schwarz Rake, Schwarz Splay, Schwarz Sightlines and Schwarz Resultant Angles.
To lay this out, you’ll need to use a special technique that I have developed after more than 35 years of examining angles as they result to other angles, plus segments, vertices and Cris Titsworth, who sat next to me in high school geometry.
That technique involves setting the angle of a leg and determining its position in relation to line that is struck off the perpendicular axis of the spheres of influence that are tangent to the Titsworth Twins, who were nice and would play Lifesaver games on the band bus but were not as hot as their older sister, Cris.
You can sight this angle using an ordinary try square, laid flat on the bench and sighted so the leg looks 90°. Then you set your bevel gauge to an angle that appears in line with the leg and try square.
This three-legged Christopher Schwarz (TM) chair is fondly dedicated to Joe Kent Wagg. Thanks to its three legs, Joe would be unable to tip backward in the chair when Ms. Widemann would duct tape him to the chair.
— Christopher Schwarz