My latest mock up

Usually, before I spend a lot of money on quality wood for a new project, I make a mock up from cheaper construction grade lumber.  The mock up allows me to learn, and make mistakes at relatively low cost; but just as importantly, it gives me the courage to proceed with a new technique or design because I’m not using expensive wood.

 

 

I can’t emphasize enough the value of making a first off, throwaway version of a new challenging project.  Often, having served their purpose, these mock ups end up in the woodstove.  Sometimes, more rarely, they get a coat of finish and end up either in the shop or the front room as useful but less than ideal end products.

This particular chair* is not suitable for use, for a number of reasons, and so I have dubbed it, “le chaise d’enfer” (the chair from hell).  But instead of the wood stove, I have a more interesting immolation in mind.  Stay tuned.

 

*I should have mentioned that the design for this chair comes from Christopher Schwarz’, “The Anarchist Design Book“.  He has generously shared his designs and knowledge with the woodworking community.

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