I remember a long time ( 30 yrs + ) a book on simple to build
furniture. Mostly dimensional lumber, little cutting but excellent
I thought it was furniture in 24 hours but was proven wrong. I am
asking can anyone recall this venerable volume?
Check this out: http://tinyurl.com/2bbyx3
I have seen that book and it is pretty spiff in person.
I also Googled " 2X4 furniture " and it came up with more.
Those books always seem to be around at the Half Priced bookstore, you
might want to try there as well.
The funny thing is, hardly any of the projects in that book are made
of dimensional lumber, despite the title.
I'd be very cautious about the designs in there. They tend to take no
account of wood movement, and if you look closely at the pictures, it
There are several books of that ilk easily found. I was trying to
give the OP hint by posting a link to AMAZON. The point being that
these types of books and designs are easily found.
If I actually knew you, I would suspect you were kidding. I am not
sure that someone. I am not sure that someone that wants "simple to
build furniture" that requires "little cutting" gives much of a crap
about wood movement.
Hopefully >anyone< building furniture out of framing grade #2 or #3
pine, fir or hemlock understands they are NOT using premium grade kiln
That's odd. I don't see anything to indicate that I'm kidding.
He should, or else his projects will tend to come apart. I'm pretty
sure I'd give a crap about that.
Simple to build doesn't have to mean poorly designed. I just want to
caution people to look closely at the designs in that book before
building them. Then look at the pictures of completed projects in
there and see how they seem to hold up. No big deal. If you don't give
a crap about wood movement, then maybe somebody who does will read
this. It is, after all, a woodworking group.
people to look closely at the designs in >that book before building them. Then
look at the pictures of >completed projects in there and see how they seem to
hold >up. No big deal.
I laughed my ass off when I read your post. <All> good points, all
well taken. And you are quite right. I promise I'll wait a beat
before I start hammering the keyboard next time.
Although, your pithy response is still making me snicker...
Yo - people!!
Chill a bit.
The truth of the matter is that furniture fits what it does. Some
folks have a cabinet makers mindset, making sure the piece will last
and bring pride and joy to many generations. Others want a piece to
follow thru a few seasons. Some build to fit a need like shelving in
the basement for the boxes of life.
This is a wood working group, and many mindsets live here. Trying
to be open enough to ask questions as well as point out things --
after all, I may not know but want to know, and I may know but it
may not matter.
The book I am looking for had pieces that would not meet a cabinet
makers mind -- They were all easy to build ( even nail positions
were on the schematics! ) and fairly useful. But I would have
guaged them at 10 to 15 years useful life before being delegated to
the garden shed or the heating stove..
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