Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Design Book

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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A Fiasco in Waiting

When I designed this chair for the revised edition of “The Anarchist’s Design Book,” the goal was to make a staked armchair that was decently good-looking but as easy as possible for a new chairmaker to build. As a result, … Continue reading

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Some Specifications to the White Oak Stick Chair

Several people have asked for more construction details on the white oak stick chair I posted on the blog this morning. Many of the components and processes are similar to those in the  Staked Armchair chapter I posted on the … Continue reading

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Another New Chapter: The Boarded Settle Chair

I’ve just finished up designing the third new chapter for the expansion of “The Anarchist’s Design Book” on the boarded settle chair. (What is the deal with this expansion? Here’s an FAQ.) Thanks to all the odd angles, this boarded … Continue reading

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The Next Chapter: The Boarded Settle Chair

One of the furniture forms I’ve had a long obsession with are settles. These high-back benches were common in early homes and were handy for keeping warm by the fire. One of their variants, the settle chair – is somewhat … Continue reading

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