Showing posts with label furniture plans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label furniture plans. Show all posts

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Queen Anne Secretary

Here is the second woodworking plan today. I would class this plan as medium difficulty. If you have seen the picture below, right off the bat, your thinking, "what is wrong with this ding bat? That is clearly an advanced project." It certainly looks it, but that is mainly due to the quality of the wood and it's age. The picture is of a well aged antique worth $18,000 in 1985.

If your looking for a outstanding project to please the lady of the house, this should do it. Nick Engler created the plan from the original. This was published in the 1985 Popular Science Supplement.

I call it a medium difficulty project because it is a relatively straight forward project. Nick designed all the joinery to be completed with mostly a router and table saw. By large the joinery is all lock-joints and dadoes, and can all be made on your table saw or with common router bits. The drawer fronts have router dovetail template made dovetails, as Nick states, you can replace this with a simple lock-joint if you don't have a dovetail template jig.

The most difficult part of this project is probably the arched raised panels in the book case doors, but you can get router bits for that too. Material is mostly furniture grade plywood and that is why you can get away with the relatively simple joinery. Be careful to match up your plywood with the small supply of similar solid wood you will need for some aspects of the project and for edge banding. In the North here Oak, Maple, and Birch are the most common types of furniture grade plywood available. If you can find Walnut or Cherry, then you really would come close to the look of the original.

The project requires lots of cutting of dadoes and small parts. This is not difficult but you have to pay close attention to measuring and cutting. The old adage "measure twice, cut once" applies. In fact measure twice, mark your work out, and then verify the measurement again, before the saw switch is turned on.

The other aspect of this piece, that gives it that outstanding look, is the hardware. This to is easy, Lee Valley Tools in Ottawa stocks a wide selection of period hardware, you can find a link to their site on my links page. In the States the sources listed in the article are probably still valid.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mission Furniture-How To Make It

So for the woodworker here is a large selection of plans for a classic furniture style. Back in 1909 Popular Mechanics Handbooks published a 3 volume set on Mission furniture construction. Written by H.H. Windsor, they were quite popular,and even today, I have seen them reprinted in the retail market. I found these 3 volumes on the Project Gutenberg site in full text and imported them to three word docs. The 3 volumes are each a little less than 100 pages so I combined them into one volume and converted it to pdf. The result 264 pages of Mission furniture plans.

If you like strong functional furniture with clean unadorned lines Mission furniture may be to your taste. Material recommended is mainly quarter sawn oak and gives the style a distinct long lasting look.

To download "Mission Furniture-How To Make It" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 53 - 10 MB - pdf

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Furniture For The Craftsman by Paul D. Otter

So its been a while since anything was uploaded for the woodworker, so here is an older book from the internet archive with some nice designs and ideas. Unlike many books from that time this book is written for the home diy craftsman, less technical and more hands on. It starts off with a discussion of  different furniture styles, then moves into the tools of the craft (for the clamp challenged there is an interesting glue-up press that is about as quick to operate as anything I have seen). This is followed up with interesting furniture ideas for every room in the house and many ideas for some very interesting outdoor furniture. It finishes of with information on finishing and upholstery. I am sure most woodworking hobbyists will find something interesting here.

To download "Furniture For The Craftsman" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 45 - 9 MB - djvu

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Art Of Woodworking And Furniture Making

So as mentioned in the last post I spent a lot of my spare time the last little while scanning this great little book. Good resolution sends my file sizes through the roof and so there's a balance that I have to reach. I am still playing with different settings to reach a point where the files have max. usefulness and still reasonable upload times.

The Art Of Woodworking And Furniture Making by A. Gregory was published in 1946. The emphasis of instruction is on sound construction, good workmanship and well-selected materials.Embellishments are limited to well-designed handles and moldings. Many of the 42 examples of fine furniture outlined, remind me of a few different styles (arts and crafts come to mind). A couple of the pieces bring to mind the joinery and designs of the master cabinetmaker James Krenov as does the instructive literature.

The book starts off with a discussion of the joinery used in well built furniture with clear illustrations of each. There is a good discussion of proportion, the emphasis being sizing for use, the user, and the materials being utilized. It then follows up with 42 fine examples of construction with pictures and drawings. the final chapters are discussions of plywood and laminated board, veneering and inlaying, and ends with wood finishing; handles and fittings.

All in all very good information for building quality furniture you will be proud of. I found this in a dark corner of a used book store many years ago. I have not found it on the web, if I missed it, I blame my slow connection,ha ha.

To download "The Art Of Woodworking and Furniture Making" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 44 - 14 MB - pdf