The Rudiments of Rustic Furniture
In a parallel universe, rustic makers build furniture with little noise, dust or lumber
Synopsis: Paul Ruhlmann helped a group of ninth-graders transform brush-pile sticks into handsome pieces of furniture. In this article he details how to make rustic-style furniture with just a few tools and found materials. After providing tips for collecting and preparing greenwood branches, Ruhlmann covers the basics of construction and final finishing. One of the biggest challenges is drilling the round mortises in the same plane, as the parts are often irregularly shaped. Follow Ruhlmann as he cutts the tenons with a special drill accessory he designed, assembles the front and rear panels of the chair, and finishes it off with armrests and a woven seat.
Imagine you are invited to teach woodworking to a group of enthusiastic ninth-graders—but there are some restrictions. You can’t use power tools because there simply is no electricity. In fact, there is no shop. Workbenches are also lacking, although there are some sturdy picnic…