Making Mortises

There's no great secret to cutting the stopped mortises ' used in this project. Since the dawn of the 20th century, advances in power tools have made the process a whole lot easier. The original Arts amp Crafts builders would have bored out most of the mortise with a bit and brace, then finished the cuts with finely sharpened chisels. Now there is a new generation of easy-to-use mortising machines. When I counted the number of mortises in each chair and multiplied by four, I decided my shop...

Pyramids The Great and the Small

It's essential that assembly takes place on a flat, stable surface and that each component is checked for squareness and plumb as the clamps are tightened. In a reflection of the medieval origins of his style, Stickley often softened the tops of his chair legs by milling mild chamfers that met to form a four-sided pyramid. You can duplicate this effect by setting a sharp, fine tooth, crosscut blade to 15 . then using your table saw's miter gauge to help you make these cuts. If your saw table is...

Template Tenoning Easier Than It Looks

Routing Jig

Spacers hold the slats in the same relationship as in the chair side. Make the tenons on the square end of the chair slats first. The slat ends are shaped to match the curve of the top arched rails. Create the base of the jig from 3 4 MDF. Spacers hold the slats in the same relationship as in the chair side. Make the tenons on the square end of the chair slats first. The slat ends are shaped to match the curve of the top arched rails. Create the base of the jig from 3 4 MDF. Use a routing jig...

Cutting Mortise and Tenon Joints

Mortise And Groove

The key to building this bookcase is mortise and tenon joinery. All the cuts are square, so great results are just a matter of taking your time and laying out the joints with care. Start by preparing stock for the stiles pieces 1 , according to the dimensions in the Material List, next page. Use the Elevation Drawings to lay out pairs of upper and lower through mortises in the stiles. These mortises will house tenons cut on the ends of the rails pieces 2 and 3 . If you're using quartersawn...

A Ef Op Art J Craft TylEd Dininq To Cmair

Art Furniture

This Gustav Stickley-inspired set of chairs incorporates several elements of his Craftsman style quartersawn oak, housed tenons, pyramid plugs and leather upholstery. WATCH lAkDE IN HE VEN, OR A YBt JU5T THE A IDWE5T. QU5T V STICKLEY ND ARCHITECT H RVEY C11LI5 WERE miNT ND 5TEEL TOR E CH OTHER CRE TINO THE 5 E A IN A11 5P RK or THE AMERICAN RT5 Q CRATT5 MOVEMENT. There's a well-founded belief among woodworkers that chairs are the most challenging projects to build. While that's true, the simple...

Qreene Jqreene Wall Mirror

Arts And Crafts Furniture

Take your shop skills to the next level with this Arts amp Crafts style mirror. This large mahogany mirror is an adaptation of a design by Charles and Henry Greene. The original piece is now part of a collection at the David B. Gamble House, a home in Pasadena, California, which was designed by the Greene brothers in 1908. Apart from their woodworking talents, the Greenes were registered architects. Perhaps that explains why their work incorporates both solid aesthetic values and superb...

A STICKliEy Inspired Dinincj TABLE

Faux Tenons

Function and style, true tenets of the Arts amp Crafts philosophy, are combined in the author's latest offering to create a project that will last for many generations. Why I didn't see it coming is a good question I guess it was inevitable. As soon as I finished the Arts amp Crafts dining chairs featured on page 30, my trusty old dining room table began a slow, sad journey to a garage sale. My wife, Susie, mentioned how much nicer those chairs would look in our dining room with a new table to...

Ms J Crafts Wed Tenon Spice Rack

Pay tribute to the venerable wedged tenon joint with this easy to complete weekend project in the Arts amp Crafts style. Sometimes the best way to approach a simple project is to view it as a potential learning experience. In this case, our weekend spice rack project offers an opportunity to work with an interesting joint. The wedged tenon was popularized during the English Tudor period in the 1500s. At first it was used by house framers for joining flooring timbers, and it was called the tusk...

Making Ebony Plugs

Mix Jacobean And Ebony

Creating the decorative plugs for this mirror requires that you first make two sticks, each at least 12 long, to safely run through your planer. Ebony was the Greene brothers' choice for decorative plugs. Or use black-dyed maple as a more economical substitute. I made the large 3 8 square plugs first, aiming for a perfect friction fit no glue in the mortises. I also made sticks from both ebony and maple, using the maple sticks to get an exact setting before I ran the ebony through my planer....

Art J Crit With A I

Art Nouveau Construction

Photo above courtesy of Craftsman Auctions Lambertvilte David Ra go and Jerry Cohen. The difference between the terms Mission, Prairie and Arts amp Crafts has mystified woodworkers for years, so we set out to seek some simple truths about each style. It turns out that the major figures in these movements thought their work brought Truth, with a capital T, into the home and that defining each term separately isn't so simple. Gustav Stickley's Morris chair above could trace its origin to 19th...

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Lap Joint Legs

Build this reproduction of an original Stickley design with the help of the two simple sawing jigs. Admirers and followers of the Stickley brothers were probably as surprised as I was when the brochure featuring their renewed line came out. While the revived company offers plenty of designs popular at the turn of the century, call 315-682-5500 for info on their catalog , this classic fern table is conspicuously absent. The thing I like about the fern table is that, while it is basically true to...

Furniture

Greene And Greene Furniture

The history and historical characters of your favorite furniture style. Easy jigs make short work of an apron with compound miters. Stout support for your heaviest outer wear. As practical as it is fun to build, this Stickley favorite looks great in most any decor. Classic Craftsman elements add elegance to your dining room. Why stop with the chairs Build Rick s Craftsman table to complete your dining set. Frame and panel subassemblies make it easy to recreate the charm of Stickley s era. A...