Butterfly Wing Table

The design of this useful table dates back to the seventeenth century, when living space was generally cramped and one or two rooms served for cooking, eating, socializing, and sleeping. Drop-leaf tables, trestle tables with removable tops, and gate-leg designs were popular because they saved space. The butterfly-wing table derives its name from the shape of the leaf supports, which resemble butterfly wings, although we have seen tables with similar supports referred to as Rudder tables. This...

Picture Framing Primer

The picture in the illustration is a Currier and Ives print framed in a standard crown molding purchased at the lumberyard. This was just thick enough to allow a rabbet to be cut that would contain the glass, print, and thin cardboard backing. If the inner edge of molding used is too thin to provide a ' < rabbet, it will he necessary to construct a subframe of pine. This can be cut Vi less in width than the molding and glued to it as shown in Figure 4. The picture in the illustration is a...

Skyhook

Amateur Woodwork

Simple wooden toys seem to have as much appeal for adults as they have for children. Some designs have been around in one form or another for centuries, which is proof enough of their intrinsic amusement value. You've got to see this toy in action to appreciate it. The balancing act it performs on the end of your finger or the edge of a tabic is almost unbelievable. If ever there was an ideal first project for the young woodworker, this is it. Hardwood is best for this toy, as considerable...

General Line Suppliers

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Utility Table

This small utility table can be put to use in an endless number of ways. It makes an ideal stand for plants, books, an aquarium, or even a small portable television. To make this a fairly simple project for beginners, we designed it with simple butt joints. More advanced woodworkers may want to incorporate the use of dadoes and rabbets for added strength. No matter what the level of ability, though, we think everyone can find this an enjoyable and rewarding weekend project. Begin construction...

Two Duck Decoys

One thousand years ago, American Indians tied bundles of reeds and grasses together to form lifelike duck decoys. The art of handcrafting wooden decoys flourished in the mid- and late nineteenth century, when professional market hunters armed with huge bore shotguns inflicted a fearful toll on the wild duck population. Old decoys have since become prized collectors1 items, and most now serve as decorative pieces. The decoy designs offered here can be used either for hunting or as decoration....

Hardwoods

Buckley Piqua, OH 45356 West Valley, NY 14171 Croy-Marietta Hardwoods. Inc. 121 Pike Street Marietta, OH 45750 Educational Lumber Co., Inc. 21 Meadow Road Asheville, NC 28803 (Minimum of 50 board feet for each any one species) John Harra Wood & Supply Co. 511 West 25th Street New York. NY 10001 (Also carries hand and power tools) Sterling Hardwoods, Inc. 412 Pine Street Burlington, VT 05401 Allen Specialty Hardware P.O. Box 10833 Pittsburgh. PA 15236 463 West...

Porch Swing

Porch Swing Dimensions

As a holiday gift, a marketable project, or an addition to your own porch, this swing can be built with only a day's worth of labor for as little as fifty dollars in materials. For durability and an antique look, oak was chosen, but whatever wood is selected the porch swing will generate a lifetime of comfort and interest, reminiscent of days that need not remain bygone. The project is begun by cutting to size parts A, B. and C, which comprise the seat frame. Care should be taken in sawing out...

Gossip Bench

Contemporary function coupled with Early American styling make this little gossip bench a most attractive piece. As the photograph shows, the small cabinet will hold a telephone and several directories. The drawer is handy for a personal directory, pencils, and paper. The bench was built of nominal 2 x 6 construction-grade pine (1 x actual), white pine, and 3 pine shelving, with a small amount of red oak used for the spindles. Pine can be used for the turnings, but care and sharp tools are...

Pecking Bird

I'endulum-operated toys date back to ancient times. This particular version originated in central Europe sometime in the fifteenth century. Cut a 1 x 1 x 2 soft-pine block for the body .ind cut 54 x notches in both ends. Locate and drill a dowel hole and two small pinholes for wire brads, as shown. Round the body by carving .ind sanding. Trace the head and tail from the full-size drawing and transfer to pine. Drill pinholes, then jigsaw the shapes. Make the handle from pine and locate and drill...

Curio Table

Prized stamps, coins, butterflies, dueling pistols, or just about any collection of small items can be attractively displayed in this fine little curio table. Besides providing protection for your collection, the table is the right size for use as an occasional or end table in the den or family room. The nicely detailed turned legs give the piece a traditional look, but if you lack a lathe or would prefer a more contemporary design, simply substitute square or tapered legs. The table shown was...

Spanish Chest

Aeolian Harp Plans

A hallmark of Spanish furniture is the use of boldly molded and carved panels. Although at first glance this small table chest may appear to be a formidable project, it's really fairly simple to build. Basically, it consists of a case made up of three plain panels and drawers embellished with applied moldings and trim. Since the chest is finished on all sides, it can be used to advantage as an end table alongside an easy chair, or a pair could be used to flank a sofa. Unless you intend matching...

Pine Lap Desk

Though now primarily collectors' pieces, the little lap desk of the nineteenth century is still very useful for persona correspondence and check writing. This example is a bit more elaborate than most in addition to the usual large storage compartment for writing paper, it has an upper compartment for envelopes, canceled checks, and letters. A tiny drawer, originally for an inkwell, is handy for postage stamps. The desk is a nice decorator item and will look quite elegant sitting on a small table or stand. Construction is not tricky, but the builder is advised to start with good flat W stock, and make sure that all cuts are perfectly square. Pine, preferably clear, is a good choice, but cherry or mahogany are better if they are available. Start construction by jointing and gluing up stock of sufficient width for the large lid and bottom. Allow extra length and width for trimming later to exact size. Cut two sides B. and lay out and cut a drawer opening in one side. Cut the front C,...

Three Gift Projects

Musical Notes Clip Art

This is a jigsaw puzzle that young children are certainly going to enjoy taking apart and putting together. Trace the pattern on a 7-wide x 11 -long block of -thick pine actual . Using a jigsaw, carefully cut along all lines as shown. Build the cage from Vt stock according to the dimensions shown. Use glue to fasten all joints, A narrow strip of leather tacked in place serves as the bottom hinge. Another narrow strip of leather fastened to a peg is used to latch the cage shut. Reassemble the...

Shakerstyle Table Lamp

If you'd like to have a table lamp with a lot of Early American charm and you take pleasure in doing careful, close work, then this is the project for you. The lamp base is adapted from an early Shaker lantern design made of cherry. The old lantern often had a removable tray for the can-dleholder so that wax drippings could be more easily discarded. Sometimes, as in the Shaker original, the base contained a dovetailed slide that could be pulled out from the front. You can build the lantern as a...

Hobby Horse

A few evenings spent in the workshop will reap big dividends when a small child sees this hobby horse for the first time. Easily obtained white pine of stock I 4 thickness is used for most parts, and can also be resawed for the J4 slats that form the body of the horse. It will be necessary to edge join two or more pieces in order to shape the head, and if reinforcing dowels are used, they should be located where they will not be exposed when the head shape is cut out. The legs can be cut out...

Rolltop Desk

Now that the lower desk has been completed, we turn our attention to the rolltop section. The construction of the end panels with tambour grooves is the most difficult part of the entire project, but any woodworker with moderate skill should be able to do a creditable job if care is used in laying out, cutting, and squaring up the rolltop unit. A method has been worked out that will enable the builder to perform all operations with a table saw, router, and hand tools. Certain operations can be...

Swedish Door Harp

Woodturning Patterns

Hang this door harp on the inside of your front door and each time the door is opened you'll be rewarded with warm, melodious sounc . The door movement sets the four wooden clappers in motion, causing each one to repeatedly strike the horizontal steel strings. Of Scandinavian origin, the door harp is a project that makes an ideal gift one that's interesting, enjoyable, and easy to make. The Autoharp pins are under a fair amount of strain when the guitar strings are tightened, so use maple for...

Serving Tray

Patterned after a lovely Shaker original, this serving Iray can be made of pine, mahogany, or walnut. The thickness of the sides and ends is no problem, as these parts are narrow enough to be easily resawed from thicker stock. It's best to prepare the bottom first as its final thickness will determine the width of the grooves in which it rides. Basically, the bottom is plywood or hardboard. veneered on both sides to match the rest of the piece. Mahogany and white pine veneer cost about the same...

Colonial Dry Sink

Colonial Furniture Patterns

The Early American dry sink is one of the most popular antiques for home workshop reproduction. There were a great many variations built through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but they all basically served to store buckets of water drawn from the well. The upper sink compartment was usually lined with zinc to provide a watertight basin. This particular example is a large or double sink. The paneled ends and doors and the small counter with drawer are design features that help to make...

Tumbling Toby

Here's a simple wooden toy that's guaranteed to delight youngsters and intrigue grownups as well. Toby is counterbalanced so that a light tap will set him somersaulting back and forth along the parallel bars, and he'll keep going for some time. This toy can be made quickly from just a few scraps of pine and dowel. Low in cost and easily mass-produced, it's an ideal item for sale to gift and toy shops. Start by enlarging the pattern squares to I on heavy paper. Then transfer the figure to the...

Cherry Dressing Mirror

This slim and eleganl free-standing dressing mirror is a very rewarding piece to build. We used 10 board feet of cherry. The 14 x 54 mirror was purchased at a discount store and stripped of its cheap plastic frame. Start construction with the base. Enlarge the pattern squares on template stock and transfer the shape of the feel. Lay out the wide dadoes and cut with repeated passes of a dado cutter. Next, the feet can be bandsawed to shape. Cut them slightly oversize to allow for slight...

Cranberry Scoop Magazine Rack

Nativity Pictures Wooden Cut Out Pattern

Edges so that the tips are reduced to about V in thickness. A rasp does a quick job. The sides are cut after laying out a full-size pattern and transferring it to the pine. The handle, which is of pine, also requires a full-size pattern. The curves of the handle arc best finished off with a small-diameter drum sander. Cut the front panel to length and shape the lop edge with a jigsaw or drawknife as shown The bottom panel is cut to fil between the front, back, and sides. Lay out the location of...

Clock Parts

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Countinghouse Desk

This desk is representative of the type generally used in mercantile establishments in the early nineteenth century. There were many variations, some with an impressive array of pigeonholes and drawers, and, of course, a matching high stool. Admittedly, the need for these desks went out with handwritten ledgers and eyeshades, but they still have great charm as decorative furniture with considerable storage space, if a mirror is fitted to the underside of the lid. the desk makes a most unusual...

Four Wood Weather Vanes

Weather Vanes Wooden

Weather vanes are always fascinating, particularly the fanciful designs of the eighteenth century. Several of the examples shown here can be found in an excellent book. The Pine Furniture of Early New England. by Russell H. Kettell. If you're not concerned with wind direction, these vanes make striking wall decorations, either painted and antiqued or stained and varnished. Many vane plans call for mounting and pivoting devices that require metalworking skills. We have tried to keep things...

Pine Wall Shelf

This small shelf unit is a pleasant project and will provide an attractive background for display of pewterware, figurines, plants, or perhaps some richly bound old volumes. Construction is entirely of Yi white pine, with the exception of the drawer bottoms, which are of fc plywood. Start by laying out 1 squares on cardboard or a scrap of Masonite, and enlarge the shapes of the upper back and shelf sides. Use a jigsaw to cut the two templates and then transfer the designs to the pine stock. Cut...

Aeolian Harp

Aeolian Harp Plans

The word Aeolian derives from Aeolus, the ancient Greek god of winds, but the principle of the wind harp goes back as far as King David and the Old Testament. Basically, the harp consists of an oblong, hollow box over which strings are stretched and tuned to a single tone. When placed in a current of air, the harp produces full chords made up of the harmonics of the single tone. In a slight breeze, the harp gives off a droning hum, but as the wind increases in velocity, higher tones of the...

Country Cupboard

Lap Joint Furniture

All shiplap joints are butted without glue. Start with the base ends E, which are 1 Ya in width and made of two boards held together with top cleats N and shelf cleats F. To achieve the required width, it will be necessary to rip the boards, removing one shiplap edge from each. If an equal amount is ripped from each board, the joint will appear as shown in the center of each end. If you lack a table saw, use a marking gauge to scribe the ripping line and a portable circular saw...

Adirondack Lawn Chair

How Build Adirondack Lawn Chair

Start by cutting the rear leg-seat supports, laying out on 8 x 32 stock. Cut these together, if possible, to make them exactly identical. Cut two front legs to 3 x 22 , and notch the tops for armrests. Clamp the legs to the seat supports and drill holes for Yt x 2 carriage bolts. The narrow front edge of the scat supports should be flush with the front edges of the legs. Tack a temporary batten across the rear legs to hold them so their inside faces are 20 apart. Then cut three seat boards 3 x...

Bookcase

A well-filled bookcase is a decorative asset to any room and although built-in bookcases are found in many homes, there is frequently a need for additional storage space. A small unit such as the one featured here fits nicely in a student's room or small apartment. The design is Early American with a Country Chippendale styling. Pine or maple of thickness are appropriate woods, although oak or even redwood can be used. Nice construction features include stopped dadoes to support the shelves,...

Hutch Table

Table Lamination Bending Steam

The constant struggle for survival through the early years of English settlement in the New World left little time for construction of anything other than the most rudimentary pieces of furniture. A table, chair, several stools, and a variety of chests and cupboards were, for the most part, all these early settlers had. Within a generation with the influx of skilled craftsmen, houses evolved from simple one-room dwellings to structures of more imposing design and dimensions. As living space...

Queen Anne Stool

Queen Anne Stool

I his classic stool with gracefully curved legs is a m gt od example of the Queen Anne period of design. It is typical or the type of sophisticated furniture produced by professional colonial cabinetmakers during the early and mid-cighlcenth century. It's a fine project for the woodworker w ho would like to sharpen his or her skills and produce an authentic reproduction without bc-v uming overwhelmed by a large project. By mas-lering the construction techniques of shaping and joining compound...

Choppingblock Table

This handsome chopping-block table features a cutlery' drawer, double utensil rack, and storage shelf. The top consists of twenty-eight lengths of hard maple, laid on edge, glued, and bolted. Maple, poplar, clear fir. even pine can be used for all other parts. Begin by hand or power jointing twenty-eight pieces of x 2 x 21 maple for the top. Lay twenty-six pieces flat with ends carefully aligned, and with a framing square scribe a line across all pieces, 2W in from each end to locate holes for...

Swan Rocker

Patterns Paper Furniture

Building this lovely rocker is n itself a pleasurable pastime, but the real reward comes from seeing a happy child seated between the graceful swans. It's a piece that will most likely become a treasured family heirloom, delighting generations of children, Unlike some of the plywood and pressed-board versions being produced commercially, this rocker is made of solid pine. Given a fine finish and appropriate upholstery, it's a plaything that will grace any room. Enlarge the swan on a 1 grid...

Apothecary Chest

Furniture Chest Designs

A perennial favorite among collectors of early Americana, the apothecary chest is a rare and very appealing piece. Original chests were generally much larger than this piece. Our adaptation is simply a small chest of drawers that has been given the compartmented look by adding dummy dividers to the drawer fronts. There arc actually only three large drawers. The home craftsman will find this an enjoyable project, as all parts of the chest can be cut from standard 1x12 white pine. There is no...

Colonial Spoon Rack

Any collection of fine silverware can be proudly displayed in this charming colonial spoon rack. Note that it is basically made up of seven parts the back, two sides, the front, bottom, and two spoon holders. All are made from clear pine. Since thin wide stock is hard to come by, the back will probably have to be made from two pieces of 14 stock, edge glued together, then planed down to the thickness. After planing, transfer tlu- imd patterns from the drawing to the stock and cut out Now cut...

Octagonal Clock

Cut Square Cut With Miter

This wall clock is a classic design of the late nineteenth century, most often associated with schoolrooms but also seen in railway stations and mercantile establishments. The version offered here is an excellent reproduction and features a calendar dial with a separate hand to show the day of the month. It also has a pendulum movement with a chime that strikes the half hour and counts the hour. Original clocks of this type are getting scarce and expensive, but any woodworker of moderate skill...

Gun Cabinet

Kitchen Furniture Photos

This good-looking pine cabinet was designed primarily for the storage of rifles, shotguns, and fishing rods, with a lower cabinet for related gear. If you're not inclined to hunt or fish, you will find that with the addition of adjustable shelves, it will serve most admirably as a curio cabinet. The cabinet is made in two parts, both for ease of construction and for moving. The lower section has a shelf and plenty of storage space, while the upper section is high enough to hold most rifles and...

Eighteenth Century Water Bench

Door Frame Designs

In the days before indoor plumbing, water benches, like dry sinks, were used for storage of buckets of water drawn from the well. Buckets were kept in the low er cupboard section w hile the upper drawers and shelf were handy for various small kitchen implements. More functional than decorative, many water benches were rather crude home-built affairs, but one occasionally sees particularly well-designed and executed examples. These invariably command a high price on the antique market. The bench...

Butcherblock Table

State health codes have required restaurants to replace those fine old maple chopping blocks and food preparation counters with modern, non-absorbent surfaces. As a result, a lot of well-worn but still functional maple tables have found their way into private homes. Perhaps this has provided impetus for the growing popularity of butcher-block furniture. We've seen the butcher-block influence in just about every kind of furniture imaginable, with the possible exception of baby cribs. A good...

Pine Medicine Cabinet

Bathroom Plastic Cabinet Mirror

If you're adding a bathroom or remodeling an old one, here's a wall-mounted medicine cabinet that's low in cost to build and has far more charm than most in-wall metal cabinets commercially available. The size was based on a 12 x 18 mirror we purchased for S4.00 and stripped of its plastic frame. This particular cabinet, which will not span the studs usually located in back of a lavatory, was firmly attached with two toggle bolts through the cabinet back and into a paneled plasterboard wall....

Contemporary Candle Lantern

Wood Candle Lantern Plans

This lantern was designed to harmonize with contemporary furnishings and yet provide a bit of old-fashioned charm for those who would like the best of both worlds. The basic design probably dates back to sixteenth-century northern Europe and so-called Swedish farm lanterns. Similar examples existed in New England in the late 1600s, and were designed to make use of the very small panes of glass available at the time for diamond-pane casement windows. Since there is no separate hinged door,...

Onion Cutting Board

This whimsical little cutting board is shaped like an onion, and the shape pretty well explains its function. Use it only for slicing onions and spare your regular board the pungent aroma associated with raw onions. Construct a full-size penciled grid of squares on a piece of cardboard and transfer the onion pattern to the grid. Cut out the cardboard onion shape and use it as a template to draw the onion on a board. Use a close-grained wood such as pine or maple. Clamp the board to the work...

Pine Trestle Table

Over the years we've seen more trestle table designs than we can remember. They range from ornate and massive sixteenth-century Spanish tables shaped from 2 stock to the long and lean Shaker communal dining tables with gracefully arched maple feet. The table we're presenting here combines what we feel are some of the best features of many designs. Posts and rails are enhanced with stopped chamfers the feet are long, narrow, and nicely shaped. Locking wedges are of cherry , which contrasts with...

Catboat Windmill

Catboat Designs

Around with the wind they go, each boat going through ail the points of sailing in turn beating, running, and reaching. Mounted on a pole in the yard or clamped to the gable end of a garage or utility shed, the salty-looking little catboat windmill provides an interesting and decorative means of judging wind strength. We remember seeing one of these wind machines on New York's Long Island several years ago, and recently rediscovered the design in Marlirtspike Sailor, a classic book on knots and...