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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more