In his follow-up to The Anarchist's Tool Chest, Schwarz urges readers to build their own furniture as an antidote to the consumption of disposable, mass-produced goods.
He outlines a straightforward approach to designing and making several pieces of what he calls "the furniture of necessity" – household items that are practical, durable and attractive, without excessive ornamentation.
Derived from historical examples of so-called vernacular furniture, all are based on two simple methods, staked tenon construction and boarded construction.
The first project is a small sawbench (a useful aid when making the other pieces), followed by a backstool, a chair, various tables, a bed, a chest, a bookshelf, an aumbry (cupboard), and, finally, even a coffin.
Requiring only elementary woodworking skills and a few basic tools, each project includes a cut list, dimensioned drawings, and photos of the finished piece, but the designs can be easily adapted to suit your needs.
Filled with simple, effective tips on every aspect of design and construction, the book includes chapters or appendices on the use of tapered iron nails, choosing tools, using hide glue, soap finish and milk paint, and other topics. A down-to-earth approach to creating everyday items, it provides both inspiration and instruction to enable almost anyone to make functional, dependable furniture that is built to last a lifetime.
Hardcover, 8"x10", 456 pages, 2016.