Paul Mueller's Projects






Paul Mueller
MY GARRET RIETVELD CRATE CHAIR AND TABLE
. One of the first chairs the movie studios closely is the Garret Rietveld crate chair. Built entirely with crate lumber (a European 1" by 6"), cut into a few standard sized rectangles which are overlapped, screwed together and painted white. Easy to build. Yet the museum directors insisted that the chair is a "masterpiece", a true original work of art.
I used left over hard wood planks (oak, gum, red oak, red cedar and birch) to make the chair and table. I plan to paint them in the fall. I used a box #8 1-1/2" self tapping screws, after drilling the top board so that the screw could be covered with a plug.
I found the plans for the chair and table on the internet. The plans are in metric. I made the chair and table 15% larger than the original plan size--easy to do when working in metric.
I intend to make another set for a friend later this Summer. This time I will purchase about 30 bf of sugar pine or poplar. It should be a lot easier to screw everything together.
Paul Mueller. July 2020
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The new side mounted legs give the bureau a shape missing before.
The brown furniture booties add a touch. The textured drawer fronts have a base coat of black milk paint covered by a coat of butter scotch buffed out with steel wool and waxed. The new pulls are ebony blocks with braided hemp cordage. The results pleased me so much I textured and painted the headboard of the bed to match. April 2020
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Sailboat Rigging Chest
, Local Madrone & Oak, Natural Fiber Cordage. December 2019
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Sailboat Rigging Chest
, Local Madrone & Oak, Natural Fiber Cordage. December 2019
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Sailboat Book Ends
, Various scraps, shellac finish. January 2019
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Ditty Box
- African mahogany, rope. September 2018
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Tea box (cover of FWW magazine August 2018)
. Wenge oil finish.
July 2018
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Sea Chest
. Pine, Varnish. March 2018
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Screen
. Old Growth Redwood, Watco Oil. April 2017
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Taliesin Lamp
, Fir/Maple/Padauk, Polyurethane. February 2017
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Bandsaw Boxes
, Redwood, Shellac. September 2016
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Black walnut Danish-style chair
using a pattern from Watts' book of Scandanavian-style furniture. He spent hours with a spokeshave rounding the edges of the pieces. June 2015






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