Author Archives: Greg Merritt

Homemade Music-Part 1

I don’t remember the first time I saw or heard a cigar box guitar. I’m sure it must have been on YouTube though. Like many of my projects, the seed was planted somewhere along the way and finally broke to … Continue reading

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Fly Swatter Shaker Style

A few weeks ago Paul Sellers had a blog post where he showed a fly swatter with a leather business end.  I liked the idea and immediately began searching the internet for similar designs. Note:  Paul Sellers has since made … Continue reading

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Charpoy-Part 3-Complete

The charpoy is really a simple piece of furniture.  Four legs with four rails mortised into them.  The platform upon wich you sit or lay is woven from cord or cloth webbing (tape).  The charpoy can also be quite elaborate. … Continue reading

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Charpoy-Part 2

I spent the last few days completing the remaining tenons on the long rails.  Nothing fancy.  Just a lot of rip and crosscuts.  After a little judicious pairing I had those tenons fitted and the charpoy frame dry-fit together.

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Charpoy-Part 1

Suppose I told you that there is a form of furniture that, according to some scholars, has been in continuous use for 5,000 years.  Suppose I also told that an estimated 1.5 billion people currently use said furniture form. OK, … Continue reading

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Sewing Table-Part 4-Complete

The were only two remaining construction phase elements that needed to be completed.  The trestles needed to be trimmed level and everything needed to be sanded in preparation to receive the milk paint. From the conception I knew that I was … Continue reading

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Sewing Table-Part 3

Wow, I’m way behind on updating this blog about the sewing table build.  Apologies, but time has a way of sneaking past a person. My last post left off with the trestles legged up but in need of stretchers.  My … Continue reading

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