Campaign Furniture by Christopher Schwarz

By Christopher Schwarz

For nearly two hundred years, basic and durable items of crusade furnishings have been utilized by humans all around the globe, and but this notable furnishings kind is now nearly unknown to such a lot woodworkers and furnishings designers.

“Campaign Furniture” seeks to revive this sort to its right position via introducing woodworkers to the straightforward traces, strong joinery and creative that symbolize crusade items. With greater than four hundred pictures and drawings to give an explanation for the principles of the fashion, the ebook presents plans for 9 piece of vintage crusade furnishings, from the vintage stackable chests of drawers to folding Roorkee chairs and collapsible bookcases.

In addition to all that, “Campaign Furniture” comprises the 1st English-language translation of A.J.-Roubo’s 18th-century textual content on crusade items, plus unique drawings of dozens of items of British crusade furnishings culled from unique copies of the military & army shops catalogs.

Like all misplaced artwork Press books, “Campaign Furniture” is produced completely within the usa. The publication is in a 6” x 9” layout and hardbound. the internal includes full-color and duotone photographs and is outlined on paper that's heavy and lined with a matte end for clarity. the inner signatures are sewn for long term durability.

The e-book is on the market purely via misplaced artwork Press and our small community of shops. All copies bought via misplaced paintings Press are signed via the writer through a letterpress bookplate.

Table of Contents
1. crusade variety 1
2. crusade Woods 38
3. crusade undefined 52
4. crusade Chests 82
5. crusade Secretaries 122
6. Folding Camp Stool 138
7. Roorkee Chairs 154
8. robust Trunk 190
9. box table 214
10. Collapsible Bookshelves 234
11. touring Bookcase 248
Afterword... 265
A. Roubo on Campaigning... 269
B. India’s Joiners, through George Cecil... 279
C. military & army Stores... 285
Further Reading…319
Hardware Sources…331

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While it’s easy to fixate on the chests made from crotch mahogany and fine veneers, furniture catalogs of the 19th century offer chests in the common whitewood, which could be spruce, fir, magnolia or tulip poplar. However, a survey of auction records, furniture collections and museums show that some woods were more common than others. Mahogany of some sort is perhaps the most common species, though some of these so-called mahogany examples might be made out of woods that merely look like mahogany until they are under the microscope.

So as I planned the projects for this book, I was torn. My gut said I should stick with species that were used for campaign furniture but are not currently endangered. Oak, walnut and (occasionally) birch show up in the furniture record and in catalogs from the period. But that approach would ignore an important aspect of this furniture. Many of these exotics – mahogany, teak and camphor in particular – were used because they have special properties. Mahogany resists the worm. Teak is incredibly water- 40 campaign furniture repellant.

If you are determined to use a Swietenia in your work, I recommend being prepared for the worst. Its grain is interlocked, so planing it can be difficult without a sharp iron and a closely set chipbreaker. If you are a machine woodworker, you will find that you have the best luck with a combination of spiral carbide cutterheads and random-orbit sanding. If you aren’t set on using a Swietenia, there are other non-Swietenia woods out there that will fool most people into thinking they are mahogany, including many African species in the Khaya genus.

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