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RICHARD LeBLANC

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Mission Hall

Table n spite of all its emphasis on exposed joinery and handwork, most Mission furniture was made in production. I make mv furniture in series too, and I've found that working in the Mission style is congenial to production work for a variety of reasons.

Linearity is one of the hallmarks of Mission furniture. 1 happen to like the linear style for aesthetic reasons, but it is also excellent for its adaptability. Working in a linear vocabulary, I can design a piece and then easily customize it, changing its length, width, or height for any number of customers without changing the essential feeling of the piece.

I also like Mission for its strength and simplicity, lake a good piece of original Mission furniture and you can drop it off a roof and only have to repair the finish. I ship furniture all over the country, so furniture built to stav together under stress appeals to me. And it is straightforward .to make, so a solid piece of furniture can be produced for a reasonable price.

Although I admire Mission furniture and draw on it freely for inspiration, I'm not interested m doing reproductions. Instead, I try to design furniture that feels modern, but also seems grounded in history. I'd like to attract customers who wouldn't necessarily be interested in buying antiques. With this table, I did several things to achieve separation from the originals.

First, I avoided oak. Instead, I used burgundy-stained mahogany with a smooth

SATISFYING BUT NOT STRUCTURAL Short corbels below the solid-lipped plywood top and faux through-tenons give this table the texture of a Morris chair.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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