Arts and Crafts Furniture: Projects You Can Build for the by Blair Howard

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Figure-8 fasteners are perfect for this project. Be sure to cut the recess for the fastener in the position shown so the hardware will move when the top moves. OTHER TA BLE S Asian Bedside Table BY CHRISTOPHER SCHWARZ B uilding cabinetry can give you a serious case of Zen Buddhism. In fact, the contradictions in woodworking are sometimes amusing – if not enlightening. Cabinets, for the most part, are more air than wood. To build a piece of furniture is mostly a process of removing wood. And to make a project look as simple and plain as this one does, it is quite a complicated process.

Finish sand all the parts for the case and get ready for assembly. Check the fit of the doors in the grooves. A couple passes with a shoulder plane on the tongues made my doors slide smoothly. Once everything fits, glue the side assemblies up. Put glue in the mortises, but not in the grooves. You’ll want to finish everything before final assembly, so set the side assemblies and the rest of the parts aside for later. cut the grooves in the rails and the stiles. Cut the detail on the ends of the stiles as shown in the drawings.

And oh yes, you can serve coffee on it, too. Construction is simple but sturdy. You build the bottom case that holds the drawers out of plywood and biscuits. Then you screw the solid maple legs onto the case and cover all the plywood edges with moulding and veneer tape. Finally, you screw the top to the legs using figure-8 fasteners and build some quick drawers. And this project won’t cost you a heck of a lot, either. You need about one-third of a sheet of maple plywood (birch will do just fine, too), about four board feet of 8⁄4 maple and about 10 board feet of 5⁄4 maple.

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