Build a Prairie Settle
Kevin Rodel's new take on a classic design is built with simple mortise-and-tenon joinery.
Synopsis: Kevin Rodel’s prairie settle is a perfect example of the low horizontal lines that characterize Prairie-style furniture. The broad low back is well suited for informal conversations. The generous use of wood around the sides and back opens up many design possibilities for creating a beautiful and functional room divider. Construction is of simple mortise-and-tenon joinery, and the dimensions can be changed easily to fit into different room sizes and furniture groupings. The corbels, which add a decorative flair, are the most complicated part, but they can be made quickly and consistently using Rodel’s technique.
This settle is a perfect example of the low horizontal lines— reminiscent of the broad horizon of the Midwest—that characterize Prairie-style furniture. Even though the heyday of the Prairie school of architecture and furniture (largely credited to Frank Lloyd Wright) lasted only from about 1900 to 1915, the strong lines and characteristically…