In Part 2 of our recent interview, Chris Schwarz mentioned the importance of not letting a machine's limitations dictate your designs. Moving forward, I want to start showing you some examples of modern, functional items designed to be built by handwork.
Australia-based YouTuber, craftsman and instructor Mitch Peacock came up with an interesting design for a fold-flat lap desk. (I was sucked in by the dedicated pen/pencil storage tube because it reminded me of this one.)
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Check out how Peacock built it:
This was part of Peacock's "100% Wood Challenge," where the item had to be built absent metal fasteners and glue. And as you can see, crafting that design exclusively using power tools would have been just about impossible. Peacock's skill with hand tools allowed him to create those integral hinges, and I shudder to think what kinds of jigs you'd have to rig to cut those with something that's plugged into the wall.