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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

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low enough to be within the reach of very
little children.  The shelves are not adjustable
but are put in stoutly with tenon and key so
that they are never out of place and never
need attention.
  Figure 5 shows a small table that would
prove a convenient piece of furniture in a
household where either chess or checkers hap--
pens to be a favorite game.     The legs are
slightly tapering, sloped outward and are made
firm with bracket supports so that the usual
cross supports below, which would interfere
with the comfort of the players sitting at the
table, are not needed.  The rails tinder the top
are tenoned to the legs.   In a case like this,
where two or more rails meet with the ends
opposite each other, short tenons must be used
with two dowel pins in each one to hold it in
place.   These pins are placed near the edge of
the table legs so that they may not interfere
with the tenoning of the side rails.   It is a
good plan to dowel the bracket supports first
to the legs and then to the top of the table, in
addition to the glue which holds them in place.
The small drawer is made in the regular way,
being hung from the top instead of running
on a center guide as do most of the wider
drawers in Craftsman furniture.   The checks
on the table top may
be    burned    into the
wood or a dye or stain
may    be  used   for  the
dark checks.
  Figure     7  shows   a
small    portable  cabinet
that may be placed on
the top of any writing
table.   It  is   provided
with little compartments
which are protected by
doors with flat key locks
and   with   a  shelf  and
pigeon-holes for papers
and books.   The piece is
perfectly    plain  except
for the slight decorative
touch given by the dove-
tailing at the end, but if
the wood is well chosen
and the cabinet carefully
finished, it will be found
an attractive as well as
a convenient bit of fur-
  Figure 8 illustrates a
childĀ¹s desk, the making
of which would    be an    especially pleasant
piece of work for the home craftsman, be-
cause there is no article of miniature furni-
ture which affords the children so much de-
light as a desk where they can work like
grown-up folks and have pads and pencils
never to be loaned or lost.  This little desk is
so simple that the small members of the family
might even help to make it and so gain some
understanding of the pleasure of making their
own belongings.   The construction   has the
same general features that have already been
described and the only touch of decoration is
the projection of the two back posts above
the small upper shelf.
  Figure 9 suggests a useful and desirable
present for a bride, for it is a cedar-lined chest

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