Making Rustic Furniture

Making rustic furniture—good, sturdy, reliable furniture at any rate—is no simple task. An experienced furniture maker leads you through every step of the process.



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After making rustic furniture—such as this white birch, wild cherry, and sapling piece—the author enjoys some early winter sun.
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147 twig furniture - diagram 1 basic frame
Diagram shows a basic twig furniture frame.
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147 twig furniture - diagram 3 settee
Diagram shows method of assembling a settee.
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Lay out bench ends as mirror images on a grid.
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147 twig furniture - diagram 2 slat seat chair
Diagram shows assembly method for basic slat seat chair.
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Make sure all members are square, level, and plumb.
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Cut notches with a bow saw for half-lap joints.
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147 twig furniture - photo 5 - adding rails
Use screws to secure a back rail.
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Carefully measure and mark everything before cutting anything.
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147 twig furniture - photo 7 - adding redwood seat
Carefully nail on flat redwood slats for the seat.
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147 twig furniture - photo 6 - adding braces
Also use screws to secure cross braces to the back.
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147 twig furniture - diagram 4
Diagram shows method of making secure crossing joints. 
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Diagram shows three methods of creating butted joints.
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147 twig furniture - diagram 6
Diagram shows method of making mortise and tenon joints.
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147 twig furniture - diagram 7
Diagram shows method of making doweled joints.
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147 twig furniture - diagram 8
Diagram shows method of cross-bracing the sides of a frame.
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147 adirondack chair
To most of us, an Adirondack chair is an angular, laid-back lawn chair made of flatboards. That design is more properly a product of western Vermont than upstate NewYork.
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