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Guerilla Furniture Design: How to Build Lean, Modern Furniture with Salvaged Materials Paperback – March 31, 2015
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Frustrated with the waste and disconnect of consumer culture? Guerilla design -- grassroots, sustainable, handcrafted -- offers an antidote. Learn how to bypass the status quo by using salvaged materials to make simple chairs, tables, lamps, and other furnishings that are both functional and beautiful. Guerilla designer Will Holman presents more than 30 step-by-step projects made from paper, wood, plastic, and metal, complete with instuctions on how to recycle or repurpose them when you're ready to move on.
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As a beginner "furniture maker" with some hack carpentry experience, it seemed like a good start of a book.
But, the poor editing--which for a book such as this, should mean getting a third party to do the projects following the instructions that we'd read--has caused me frustration, and to waste my time (though it could be argued that I'm learning from these errors) and to a lesser extent, material (the ones I had to buy).
A minor error for the chair: How many mending plates are needed? I counted 12, not 16. Though I ended up using two of the extras to strengthen the back support because the instructed number allowed it to give too much, and I was reluctant to lean back on it.
A major one for bedside table: The instructions say to drill in the side panels of the box one hole 3-1/2" in and 2-1/2" down; I did this and the angle was way too great. I don't know what Mr. Holman wanted for the distance down, but I kept the box and holes as is and fiddled around with the leg supports, which meant having to cut lengths and angles and afix new top and bottom supports. My dowels were screwed so I went with wood scraps using, I guess, dado joints.
Anyway, the book's been useful in getting me to think about the design to application process, and giving me the experience of trial and error to improve my skills in both areas. And expanding the limits of what I'm capable of doing with these projects as starting points. For example, I'm thinking about a stereo open cabinet and LP shelf using what I've learned with the bedside table.
But before that, I will next try making flat-pack shelves and lamps (cubes for ceiling and variations of the scrap).
One more thing:Why was the cardboard shell chair frame instructions omitted? I mean, I suppose it could be adapted to the bracket chair or some factory made chair missing a seat and back, but it would have been nice to learn other frame designs.
The bent metal seat of the chair is in the book, but not the beautiful base which is shown. Instead, they've paired it with a clunky, plywood version. The revision is probably more sturdy, but it also has a completely different, less refined, look.
The nice solid wood legs are nowhere to be found, inside.