|Project by StickleyStyle||posted 07-19-2009 01:51 AM||3286 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
This project is my second magazine stand/cabinet. This one again is a copy of a Stickley produced piece, circa early 1900s. This one was designed by one of the furniture designers who worked for Stickley for several years, Harvey Ellis. My copy is made from the traditional species for this style of furniture design, quarter sawn white oak, and is mostly complete, with the exception of the finish. I’m going to experiment with some more techniques before I commit to applying a finish to this piece. Now that I just joined this website one of my first tasks will be to explore other woodworkers experiences with Mission type finishes. I’ve already been told there is some great information contained here on that subject.
As for this piece I got the dimensions from More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture, Robert W. Lang. The book is very good in accurately providing the required dimensions for any of the pieces described. The builder is left to his own expertise when it comes to specific construction details. I always try to retain the spirit of what Stickley espoused regarding quality construction. I always use mortise and tenon type jointery and refrain from using fasteners with the exception that I see no better way to attach furniture tops than with table irons. If you look at some of the pictures I’ve included, you’ll see I have a tendency to get carried away sometimes with some of the jointery techniques. Yes I think the way I ended up attaching the shelves to the vertical sides is a little over the top, but since there is no back on this piece, so no method of resisting racking, I decided to make these joints sufficiently strong. The nice thing about mortise and tenon jointery is you can pre-assemble the piece and it will stay together with no glue, maybe a piece of painter’s tap here and there, so you don’t have to wait to complete the finishing process to admire your work: that is, I don’t assemble until I have applied the finish. That way I don’t have to contend with excess glue ruining my finish in some not so obscure locations.