Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Design Book

New Chapter: Mule Chest

I’ve finished the first rough draft of the chapter on the Mule Chest for the expanded edition of “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” This chapter is offered as a free download for those who already own the book. The chapter is … Continue reading

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Weird Nail Tales

I wrote about the following trick to reduce splitting when nailing in “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” Since then, I’ve caught flack from people who say it’s not true. So much so that I’ve been doubting my own shop experience. Here’s … Continue reading

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‘Glue Size’ – What is it? How Does it Work?

You can greatly increase the strength of a woodworking joint by “sizing the joint” or employing “glue size.” But what the heck do those terms mean? And how does the process work? The word “size” as it relates to an … Continue reading

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Boarded Tool Chest After 50 Months of Abuse

As I revise and expand “The Anarchist’s Design Book,” I’m also examining the pieces I built for it five years ago to see if I can learn anything to improve them. The Boarded Tool Chest in Chapter 15 is one … Continue reading

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Back in the Mule’s Saddle

After the busiest Spring on record, I’ve managed to turn down the volume a bit in the workshop and return my focus to the new projects for “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” One of the projects I’m most excited about is … Continue reading

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Failure in Curly Oak & Pine

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been woodworking every day for 23 years, failure will find you on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter if you make a dozen drawings. Build a half-scale model. Remake the seat twice. Remake the legs … Continue reading

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Experimental Chair No. 46

Whenever I can manage it, I try to build an experimental chair alongside one of my trusted designs. It gives me a chance to use less-than-perfect wood and see how things that have germinated in my sketchbook look in real … Continue reading

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