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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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gether.     This makes a little slant back to the
seat and gives a comfortable position to the
sitter.   The back slats of the chair are slightly
curved<a thing that can be done by thorough-
ly     wetting  or  steaming the    wood  and
pressing    it into shape and then    allowing
it to dry.  The arms of the adjustable tray
are    cut  from  a single piece of wood and
the back ends are splined by sawing straight in
to a point beyond the curve and inserting in
the opening made by the saw a piece of wood
cut with the grain and well glued.  This device
gives strength to a point that otherwise would
be very weak.
  Figure 27 shows a screen which is very
easy to make, yet most decorative, owing to the
proportion    of
the leaves, the
curving of the
top and the use
of keys to hold
together    t h e
broad V-joint-
ed     boards of
the lower part.
The upper part
may be of silk,
leather, or any
material that is
  Figures    28
and 29 show a
rustic    bench
and       table
    meant for a log cabin or mountain camp.
    The legs of the bench are made of small
    logs which are hewn or planed at four an-
gles, leaving the round surface and the wane,
so that the piece has in it some of the irregu-
larity of the trunk of the growing tree.  The
top of the bench is made of a split log planed
only at the upper side, the under side being
stripped of its bark and left in the natural
shape. The horses for the table are made in
the same way as the legs of the bench.    The
table top is in two pieces, the wide tbick planks
of which it is made being finished as carefully
as  for any well-made table. These        table
boards are locked together underneath so that
there is no danger of their parting when in
use and they can easily be taken apart when
it is necessary to move or set aside the table.
The great convenience of this table is that it
can be taken to pieces and used anywhere, in-
doors or out.
  Figures 30, 31, 32 and 33 show some sub-
stantial pieces of rustic furniture designed for
country or camp life or for outdoor use.  The
first is a swinging seat for the veranda or
lawn; the second, a bedstead for use in a log
cabin or camp; the third is a rustic chair and
the fourth a rustic couch for outdoor use. The
value of this rustic furniture is not wholly
that it is durable and capable of weathering
sun and rain alike, but that it makes a special
appeal to the amateur carpenter, as its rough
exterior hides defects in joining and there is
not the special need of well seasoned and care-
fully prepared lumber that is so essential to
the success of the finer pieces.

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