Mario Rodriguez

HJBy daughter Isabel's seventh birthday iWl was asc approaching, and I wanted to 11 build her something special She had recently learned to tell time, so a clock seemed like the perfect way to mark the occasion. I designed the clock rn the Arts-and-Crafts style it looks somewhat contemporary but still has a traditional feel (see the photo at left). The joinery is simple, just stub tenons and dadoes, most of which can be cut quickly on a router table and tables aw. The clock consists of eight...

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Introduction 3 Origins of Arts and (rafts I'J'Yfr C .irrttth - .6 K vttt P. Rodrl 16 Building in rhe Language of (m . and Greene Thomas Hugh SiangrLtnJ 22 Building a Chair, Arts-and-Crafts Scyle Rex Coffer Tabic Is Sparc and Srurdi Un Mtkkelsett 43 Bookcase Makes Waves C Muhaei t 48 Sriddry I )one Lighth A' I > Hefn Sofa Table with a Delicate Touch tru Knl .60 Building an Arts-and-Crafts Sideboard (Parti) Can Building an Arts-and-( rafts Sideboard Part II) Gary Building an Arts-and-Crafts...

Ian Ingersoll

Cabinet Construction Details

There is always a spot for a wall cabinet, especially a small one. This Craftsman -stvie piece is modeled alter a clock, and at a little more than a foot wide it fits well in almost any tight, vertical space. I made it out of butternut, an underused, medium-toned wood that works easily Because this cabinet was destined for a kitchen, I outfitted the inside to accommodate spices, but the same-sized cabinet could hold anything from pottery to small books. The shelves, in this case, are spaced to...

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The author squares up a slight misalignment in the base using a pipe clamp, then glues and screws the subtop in place. Before applying the finish. I use a Stanley No. 80 scrapt i then I sand beginning with 220-grit, going through 600-grir. All edges are relieved slightly using a block plane or file and sandpaper. I use a combination of oils, polyurethanc and beeswax. I irsi I heat boiled linseed oil m a pan on .in electric hot plate outside my shop. Just before...

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Table Saw Cove Molding

Over books on Wright, Gustav Stickley, the Greene brothers and the Craftsman period. This wall-hung cabinet became much like the upper part of a hutch, with the lower part modeled after the dining-room server in a 1907 Greene brothers' house. The center cabinet is deep enough to stack plates on shelves and to place two tall Wright candlesticks in front of the shelves. The doors ride on cup hinges, and the pulls are handmade from ebony. The hard squareness of the ebony ornaments balances the...

Loose Tenons Need Clean Mortises

Table Saw Wood Work Tables

Plunge-routing on a fixture ike this shopmade one above produces crisp, uniform mortises for the loose tenons. OFFSET TENONS CREATE A DEEP SET-BACK. For the gallery of spindles on narrow stock, the author offset the tenons, leaving out one shoulder left . With all but the shelf and sptndle joints cut, I dry-assembled the table. At this point. I measured between the stretchers to rind the length of the shelf. This dimension could In-calculated. bur because even a slight misplacement of a mortise...

Flair For The Informal

Sidney Barnsley

A side chair made in 1891. before he left London for the Cotswolds. reveals Ernest Gimson's affinity for the straightforward. because of competition from cheaper and more decorated furniture made in city faetones. The influence of country furniture meshed well with Morns' appeal for plain, hcaw furniture. Such simplicity marks much of the work Gimson and the Barnsleys and other English designers produced, but it did not result in the sameness that characterizes much of Amencan Arts and Crafts...

Making The Checkered Inlay

The checkerboard band across the middle of the clock is an eye-catching detail, and it really makes the clock. You'll find that it invites close inspection. For best results, use clean, straight material, and don't use any sapwood or wood with other defects. You'd only have to discard several strips of inlay later. i. Prepare two sandwiches of material-one with a lighter wood in between two dark pieces, and the other just the opposite. Width and length aren't critical, but each layer of the...

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt Furniture

The rough surfaces that give this table its character came right out of working the wood. Wenge can be brittle, it splinters easily, and with its alternating hard and soft grain, it works something like aluminum laminated to balsa wood. It often tears when it's cut, and I did the rough-cutting on an ailing handsaw that vibrated to the point of roaming around the shop. I hated the handsaw, but I loved the sheared, torn surface the herky-jerky cutting produced. And I found that by holding the...

Greene and Greene

Greene And Greene Furniture

1 made a roomful of hirniturr the stvie of lt harles and I 1 I brothers who designed house ture in all forma in the first d century. One ot the most dittu making this lurniture was tindi produce the details, the little to dt fun the Greeni s work i appealing to the hand and eye. rentlv in C jreene. nd ftirni-des of this tilt asjvcts of a S tO black pegs, which are left slightly proud of the mahogany surface the exposed splines also proud and genilv radiused back to the surrounding wood the...

Richard Leblanc Woodworking Seattle

REX ALEXANDER builds furniture and cabinetry in Brethren, Michigan. ROBERT E. BROWN is originally from London and now lives in Glendale, California, where he builds sets for movies and television commercials. His furniture shows influences of the Arts and Crafts era. RobBrownFurniture yahoo.com 818-409-0952 ANNETTE CARRUTHERS teaches Art History and Museum and Gallery studies at rhe University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is co-author of two books on the Arts and Crafts collections at...

Rout Inside Face Of Leg Stock

Tack The End

The piece should be edge up with its outside face against the jig above . After the second pass, the piece has matching profiles on its edge and inside face right . 2. Tack battens down center of each side. These battens will help concentrate the clamping pressure. Apply glue to just two pieces of each ieg at a time. Then, after you have the two halves assembled, apply glue to the remaining faces, and bring the two halves together. The shaper bits used to mill the original Stickley design are...

Word From The Architect

I've always tried to create houses and furniture that express the nature of both the materials tind the construction process Whether it's exposing bolts in steelwork or leaving the joinery uncovered in wood, the effect is always powerful. The m onumental scale of some of the rooms in the house led principal architect Peter Bohtm and me to these furniture designs. We needed sizable legs and cross members so that the furniture wouldn't seem lost agamst me 9-tn. square columns that frame the...

Reanimated Arts And Crafts

Blending elements from various Arts and Crafts designers. Rodel makes fresh pieces with the feel of the originals. Lamp by Raymond Tillman. I find many Arts and Crafts designs inspiring. hut 1 rarely duplicate them. Some of the chair designs of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rertnic Mackintosh, for example, although acclaimed for their beauty, are rated on ihc opposite end of the comfort scale. Comfort and use are just as important to me as aesthetics. Working the way I do. borrowing here and...

Stark Lines Under Elaborate Hardware

English Arts And Craft Furniture

Vcysey's 1899 cabinet is typical of English Arts and Crafts in adding ornament to simpie forms. Voysey's wor ' gured Cragsman furniture tn America. work, the forms underlying this ornament tended to be elemental and rectilinear, but the decoration often was sinuous, with overtones of Art Nouveau. For shbee. running a workshop was of prime importance. He modeled his Guild of Handicraft after medieval craftsmen's guilds with a vision to provide untrained bens with an opportunity to...

Custom Slides For An Extending Table

A dining table's leaves come out of hiding when the whole family gathers, so there's a bit of ritual around the act of putting them in place. Unfortunately, the act is often an ugly one, with people tugging in vain at opposite ends of a table, diving to hold up a suddenly unsupported expanse of mahogany, or groping for hidden cam locks. I wanted to make the act of adding a leaf to be a pleasure, so 1 designed an extension system for my Wenge Trestle Table. To avoid all the problems of a table...

Morris Chair

Building Morris Chair

This reproduction Morris chair embodies simplicity and honest joinery in heavy timbers, virtues espoused by the chair's namesake, English Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris. was first exposed to Mission style furni-i- ture about 10 years ago and was un-1 mediately struck by the beauty and simplicity of it. Most appealing to me was Gustav Stickleys reclining Morris chair. A massive yet graceful piece of furniture, it is a prime example of Stickleys beliefs that art...

Kevin P Rodel

Cherry Sideboard with American and British Bloodlines INLAID SQUARES CREATE LATERAL SWEEP. The author tinkered with the inlaid squares, the overhang of the top, the width and inlay of the lower raiis and the arrangement of stretchers to mitigate the strong vertical lines of the legs, the doors and the center divider. he house was a wonderful blend of Wright-influenced Prairie-style and Shingle-style architecture built on the coast of Maine, f lie owners wanted a sideboard to stand in the large...

Matthew Kirby

Hen I began designing dining-room furnishings and trim work for some friends who were finishing a house m eastern Kansas, I fretted over just what style would be appropriate. Quite frankly, this house was designed by its owner to emphasize efficient energy use and traffic flow rather than stylistic concerns. I thought about the design of the house and how it emerges from a gentle hillside with long, horizontal lines and low, wide overhangs. The structure looks like a Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie...

Origins Of Arts And Crafts

Arts And Crafts Furniture

LIVING LINK TO THE ORIGINS OF ARTS AND CRAFTS. Neville Neal has been making chairs to Ernest Gimson's designs for 56 years. He apprenticed with Edward Gardiner. Gimson's chairmaker. and later inherited Gardiner's patterns for all of Gimson's chairs. DESIGN FROM FATHER TO SON. Sidney Barnstey's son. Edward, carried on the Arts and Crafts tradition from 1923 until his death in 1987. He made this walnut and ebony bookcase in 1924. o an onlooker, making furniture in j period st vie may seem...

Fuming Common Furniture Woods

Ming Furniture

The practice of fuming wood to enhance its color is most often associated with white oak. The oaks in general are high in tannin and fume well, though red oak tends to turn greenish rather than deep brown like white oak. Other species contain varying amounts of tannins and can be fumed, but the effects are generally not as pronounced as with white oak. I was curious about the effects of fuming on other furniture woods, so I fumed a number of them for four hours. I'd heard that nontannic woods...

Stephen Lamont

Dust Panel Cabinet

Bout 10 years ago, I began to tire of my job as a corporate pilot. The work was challenging and enjoyable, but the time away from home put a strain on my family. The job was becoming more technical, too. Temperamentally, I've always been more of a craftsman than a technician. After considerable soul-searching, I decided to become a furnituremaker. I wanted a solid foundation of basic skills, so I went to England where I trained with Chris Faulkner. He emphasized developing hand-tool skills and...

Eric Keil

Keil Woodworking Inc

Hefty Sofa Table with a Delicate Touch BREADBOARDS WITH A TWIST. The unique breadboard design o1 - the long side boards to sand v. h the short end boards. 01 the pieces of furniture I made for a house in tl lt this sola table was the most gratifying to build and the best designed. L arge mem up the tablettip .11 I, . and a 5 4 cabinet rests below. It s a hefty design built in a light, natural cherry. with unique exposed joinery that complements other furniture I installed in the home. The...