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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

Cabinet work for home workers and students who wish to learn the fundamental principles of construction,   pp. 169-184

Page 178

it is used to strengthen and emphasize the
joining of two hoards.     For the    rest, the
beauty of each piece depends wholly upon the
care with which the wood is selected, the pro-
portions and workmanship of the piece, and
the attention that is given to the delicate details
of construction and to the finish of the wood.
 In Figures i and 2 we illustrate two of the
simplest models we have ever offered for the
use of home cabinetworkers.    They are two
designs for small tahourets and were selected
to illustrate the first article on home training
in cabinetwork, published in THE CRAFTSMAN
in April, 1905.    Therefore from the point of
view of their precedence in the series, no less
than their fitness as models for the beginner,
they have been chosen to head the illustrations
for this article.  In the case of both of them
the construction shows for itself.  The tenons
of the legs are visible through the top of the
table, where they are firmly wedged and then
planed flush     with the top. This not   only
strengthens the table very considerably, but
the difference in the grain of the wood gives
the effect of four small square inlays in each
table top.  Also it is well to note that, in cut-
ting the mortises for the stretchers of the
square tahouret, there is half an inch differ-
ence in the heights of the two stretchers.  A
dowel pin three-eighths of an inch in diameter
runs all the way through the legs and holds
firm the tenons of the stretchers, making it
practically impossible Lor the table to rack
apart.   These pins are planed off flush with
the sides of the legs.
 Figures 3 and 6 illustrate companion pieces,
the first being a hall bench and the second a
piano bench.  Both are simple to a degree, yet
the proportions are so contrived that the effect
of each is individual and decorative. The out-
ward slope of the solid end pieces gives an
appearance of great strength that does full
justice to the real strength of both benches.
The severity of these end pieces is      rather
lightened by the curved opening at the bottom
and by the openings at the top, meant in each
case for convenience in moving the bench.
These openings, with the slight projections of
the tenons at the ends, form the only decora-
tion.  In the case of the hall bench, a shallow
box takes the place of the curved hrace that
         appears   under the   seat    in   the
         piano  bench. This    box     can   be
         used to hold all sorts of things that
         Drdinarily accumulate in the hall and
         the hinged seat lifts like a lid over it.
         The bench can be made in any desired
         length to fit any wall space without
         interfering with its construction   or
          Figure 4 shows a small open book-
         case that is intended for the use of
         children. All housewives know that
         one of the greatest difficulties in keep-
         ing a tidy nursery often arises because
         there is no place where children can
         easily put things away      themselves.
         Closet doors are hard to open and the
         shelves too high to be of use, while
         shelves and brackets are usually pur-
         posely out of reach and the nursery
         table is apt to be full. This little book-
         case is planned especially to meet just
         such a nursery problem. There are no
         doors and the shelves are broad and

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