The Fundamentals of Furniture Design: Proportion Part 1

Proportions begin at 1:1, and proceed to 2:1

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, furniture design and creation were intimately connected.  Furniture makers used whole number proportions to create harmony between their work, nature, and the human form.  Like a symphony, proportion created balance between the micro and the macro.  Unfortunately, the Industrial Revolution shifted priorities.  As machines replaced our hands and eyes, measurements … Read moreThe Fundamentals of Furniture Design: Proportion Part 1

The Fundamentals of Furniture Design: The Furniture Design Toolkit

The Furniture Design Toolkit

What you keep in your furniture design toolkit is a personal choice.  I intend to give you tools that can expand your design experience; not tell you which ones to use or how. There are two distinct approaches to design: digital and analog.  You can use either effectively.  You can do as I do, and … Read moreThe Fundamentals of Furniture Design: The Furniture Design Toolkit

Roubo Workbench Build: Leg Tenons the Hybrid Way – Video

Roubo Workbench Build: Tenons

I intended to demonstrate cutting the large leg tenons for the Roubo workbench build two different ways: by hand and with the aid of a band saw.  Unfortunately, my camera shifted while I was cutting the tenon cheeks.  Consequently, you’ll only get to see my poor cross-cutting skills today. Marking Out I like to start … Read moreRoubo Workbench Build: Leg Tenons the Hybrid Way – Video

Fundamentals of Furniture Design: What is Good Design?

Good design doesn't have to be complex

Good designs are often beautiful but, design is so much more than that.  A well designed piece of furniture is not only beautiful, it is also functional.  It serves a purpose and serves it well.  The best designs are unique and establish style.  In this post, we will look at the elements of good design … Read moreFundamentals of Furniture Design: What is Good Design?

Fundamentals of Furniture Design: Series Introduction

The Fundamentals of Furniture Design stats with the right tools

Over the next weeks, I will write a multi-part series on the fundamentals of furniture design. This subject is new to me, but I have done my research. Think of it not as instruction, but more as an open discussion.  I believe there is a lot we can all learn along the way.  Besides, who … Read moreFundamentals of Furniture Design: Series Introduction

Roubo Legs: Squaring End-Grain

Squaring end-grain with a low-angle jack

There’s a bit of stigma when it comes to squaring end-grain.  It really isn’t all that difficult.  Just follow the same rules you do for long-grain and make sure you have a sharp plane iron.  The real trick is ensuring exact, crisp layout. Start by knifing in your line using an accurate square.  Assuming your … Read moreRoubo Legs: Squaring End-Grain

Roubo Workbench Update: She’s Got Legs…

Roubo Workbench Legs

The Roubo workbench project is finally starting to come together.  I have all four leg blanks glued up.  Two legs have been 4-squared, and I will complete the other two legs tonight.  Then, I will cut them to length and start working on the joinery. Milling up the legs was much easier than milling the … Read moreRoubo Workbench Update: She’s Got Legs…

Roubo Build: One Stout Bench Top

Roubo Build: One Stout Bench Top

Everything I’ve done for the past 6 weeks has built to this bench top completion.  It isn’t easy milling up 8 ft long sub assemblies that weigh over 50 lbs apiece.  However, the wisdom gained was worth the effort invested, and the rest of the Roubo build to should go more quickly. I can’t believe … Read moreRoubo Build: One Stout Bench Top

Changing Gears: Furniture Design

Furniture Design

I’d like to change gears for a minute and discuss something that I’m truly passionate about: furniture design. It’s one subject that just isn’t talked about enough. It’s the one thing that sets the masters apart from amateur. More importantly, I believe it’s a skill that anyone can learn. Design is something I plan to … Read moreChanging Gears: Furniture Design

The Importance of Planning

Failure to Plan

I’ve heard it said that, “failure to plan, is planning to fail”.  This is how I felt yesterday afternoon as I prepared to glue the two halves of my bench top together.  I quickly discovered that I had forgotten to purchase more paint rollers to spread the glue.  I didn’t have a sufficient alternative, so … Read moreThe Importance of Planning