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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

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


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CABINET WORK FOR HOME WORKERS
                       intended for the stor-
                       ing of linen and cloth-
                       ing,<just   the    same
                       sort of chest as the
                       German maidens use
                       for storing away the
                       linen they weave dur-
                       ing their girlhood. In
                       making the chest the
                       legs are    first  built
                       up,  then   the    front
                       and back fastened in;
                       the ends and bottom
                       are  put    in at    the
                       same time, fitting in
                       grooves.   The top is
                       simply   made,     with
                       two panels divided by
                       a broad    stile  which
                       affords    support   for
                       the  iron   strap-hinge
                       that extends down the
                       side to    be  fastened
                       with hasp and pad-
                       lock.  The inside of
                       the  chest   is    lined
                       with cedar boards, so
                       desirable   for    their
                       pleasant aromatic
                       odor   and   for   their
FIGURE TWENTY-FOUR.<A  moth - pr e yen tin g
HALL CLOCK,            properties. This lining
should be put in after the chest is made. The
iron work can be made by any blacksmith
from the drawing, or even made at home if
the amateur cabinetworker also possesses a
forge.
 Figure io shows a book cabinet which would
be convenient in a workroom, where it might
stand near the desk or table of the worker
and provide a place for the few books of ref-
erence that are in constant use, as well as for
papers, drawings and so forth, that might
otherwise be mislaid or scattered in confusion
about the room.  The cabinet is easy to make
and is very satisfying in line and proportion.
The shelf that covers half the top offers room
for a small paper rack or any of the many
things that have to be within reach and yet
not in the way.
 Figure ii gives a model for a bookcase
having two    drawers below   for  papers   or
magazines and three adjustable shelves that
can be moved to any height simply by chang-
ing the position of the pegs that support the
shelves.  If the books are small, an additional
shelf might be put in if required.  The frame
of the bookcase is left plain, the smooth sur-
face of the sides being broken only by the
slightly projecting tenons at the top and bot-
tom.    The edges of these tenons are cham-
fered off and carefully sandpapered so that
they have a smooth rounded look.     Inside the
ends of the bookcase holes about half an inch
in diameter are bored about halfway through
the thickness of the plank, affording places for
the pegs that hold the adjustable shelves.
   Figure 12 shows a small table primarily
chosen for use in a bedroom, to stand near the
bed and hold a lamp or candle and one or two
books, but it is convenient in any place where
a small stand is needed.     The top of the back
is to be doweled in place with three half-inch
dowel pins and the top itself is fastened to the
sides by table fasteners placed under a wide
overhang.   The drawers should be dovetailed
together at the corners and all edges slightly
s o ft e n e d by careful sandpapering.
   Figure 13.  The round table shown here em-
bodies in its construction      ~
the  same   general  fea-
tures as the large square          ..j ~
library table shown   in
Figure r~, only modified
to such a degree that the
effect is light rather than       ~.T Π~
massive. The braces, top
and bottom, are crossed
and the   four legs  are
wide and flat, with open-
ings following the lines
of   the  outside.  The
tenons,  which    have a
bold projection and are
fastened  with    wooden
keys, are used as a dis-
tinctively decorative fea-
ture.
   Figure 14 gives a very
good    idea of   a desk
which    looks  hard  to
make but is not so dif-
ficult as might appear at
the first glance. The lid
can be made first, then
the  sides  and   shelves
carefully fitted  and a
quarter-inch iron pin in- ~
serted between the sides     FIGURE TWENTYFIV~<
and the lid so that all A HALL CLOCK.
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