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Blog entry by JAcker posted 818 days ago 1539 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone heard of Enzo Mari?

About a year ago, when I first started thinking I would get some tools and get serious about woodworking, I thought it would be cool to make a dining table. So I started looking for plans. After a few searches I gave up on reading the text and just started looking at the pictures. And then I saw THE TABLE

There it was, beautiful and ready to build. If only I had the plans. I read on, and learned that in 1974 Enzo Mari presented an exhibit of 19 pieces of easy to build furniture made from 1x pine. He gave away the plans… Then I learned that pretty much everyone copies his “F” (a.k.a. “effe”) table. I also learned that some of the 19 pieces of Enzo Mari’s furniture were reprinted in Peter Stamberg’s 1978 book Instant Furniture. I ordered a copy, since the only place that seems to carry reprints of Mari’s instructions seems to be permanently back-ordered. I tore open the package when my copy of Instant Furniture arrived and was disappointed to find the “F” table but not my table – it is pretty nice, but it isn’t my table

(pictures link to an on-line article whose full text is found at Apartment Therapy



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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 806 days ago

That sure is some unique looking furniture.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 769 days ago

I hope you’re getting along with this as I’d like to build an identical piece after seeing yours and his design. The panel in the leg looks smart, so does the offset. A straight glue joint on the top is adequate if done well, no biscuits or rabbets needed. Keep us posted, ok?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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