This set, comprised of two chairs, a bench and a table, are based off of Christopher Schwarz's staked designs from The Anarchist's Design Book.
The set is made from white oak, with the legs of the bench and table in poplar. It was painted with traditional milk paint, and finished with Osmo hardwax oil.
The table is made to fit against the wall, with large live tenons fitted into battens, which are in turn fit into the wide-board top with sliding dovetails.
The whole set was a playground for faceting, offset by both the painted surfaces and natural white oak. The corners were cut, in anticipation of my bumping into them – the eight sides of the top also mirror the eight-sided legs.
The chairs are made in the traditional staked fashion, with conical tenoned legs and a simple steam-bent crest rail.
The chairs were modified from Chris's original plans, with longer legs and a lower back. This project provides ample room for reconfiguration to any number of chair geometries.
The table is made to sit against a wall – the two chairs and the bench constitute seating for all three open sides, perfect for our small kitchen.
The bench was made to tuck nicely under the table – it can be brought out as extra seating, or used around the house where a simple small seat or step is needed.