In a video excerpt from his DVD “Making Rustic Furniture,” woodworker Paul Ruhlmann demonstrates how to produce the mortise and tenon joinery unique to rustic furniture made from found branches and sticks. There are a number of obstacles to overcome, including aligning parts and ensuring square and level construction. Ruhlmann shares tips for holding a gnarled workpiece level while cutting the joinery, and he demonstrates two methods for cutting the tenons with hand tools or a cordless drill.
Making Rustic Furniture
with Paul RuhlmannThis video will teach you the entire process of making a rustic chair, including how to select the parts of your project from raw sticks and how to steam-bend posts when necessary; as well as making the joints, finishing and weaving.