Stickley Music Cabinet


A harmonious combination of details and materials.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 30-37

From the February 2010 issue #181
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One hundred years ago, when people wanted to listen to music at home, they cracked their knuckles and headed for the piano. This small cabinet was originally intended to store sheet music, and although times have changed, it is a nice, small-scale piece of furniture.

The overall form is appealing, and much of the charm is in the details. The exposed through-tenons in the cabinet often are seen in Gustav Stickley furniture, but the joinery in the door is unusual. The mitered intersections on the door are authentic to early Stickley pieces, but within a few years these joints disappeared from production.

I found three variations of the joinery at the outer stiles: full miters, partial miters and butt joints. I chose partial miters to maximize the holding power of the joints while retaining at least some of the look. I couldn’t find an original example of this cabinet with that detail, but I included it in this project because it adds to the charm and presence of this piece. It was also an interesting and challenging exercise in joinery.

Online Extras

* Click here to download the Stickley Music Cabinet 3D SketchUp Model.


From the February 2010 issue #181
Buy this issue now