In 2006, as I began my first round at Popular Woodworking Magazine (PWM), I was told I had to build a workbench. Even with then editor Christopher Schwarz chest deep in workbench publications, it wasn’t a mandate as much as it was a necessity. In the PWM shop, there was no usable bench empty and … Read more
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Combine simple construction and sophisticated proportions.
By Glen D. Huey
In 1760, Dutch gin bottles made their way to the Colonies. Soon thereafter, the first known example of a lidded box designed to hold those gin bottles was built. Many of the bottle boxes, gin boxes or cellarettes, as they are known, have their origin in the Roanoke River basin area – cellarettes were not produced in major southeastern centers such as Baltimore and Charleston, S.C.
Video: See the jig and router setup used to create the sliding dovetail joints.
Blog: Read this post about a simple jig to create dados for the egg-crate dividers.
Plan: Download a free SketchUp model of this piece from our online collection – Coming soon.
In Our Store: “Furniture in the Southern Style,” a collection of drawings of period pieces from the MESDA collection.
Web Site: Visit the author’s blog. Read more
You don’t need symmetry to build a period piece that pleases the eye.
by Glen D. Huey
If you joined the Shaker Hancock Bishopric in the early part of the 19th century, you may have had the opportunity to work with an outstanding craftsman named Grove Wright (1789-1861). Wright, along with his long-time apprentice, Thomas Damon, built the counter from which this piece was adapted.
In designing the counter, Wright chose an asymmetrical layout that differed greatly from the symmetry found outside the confines of the Shaker villages. Of particular note is the drawer arrangement. The counter front is divided into thirds. Four small drawers occupy one-third, while three wider and taller drawers fill the remaining two thirds. To my eye, this arrangement visually balances the two banks of drawers. The narrow section, busy with the four drawers, is equally weighted to that of the wider right-hand side with its three taller drawers. Also, this design, with no two drawer blades (also known as drawer dividers) meeting at the same location, allows each blade tenon to be long enough in length for added strength.
Expand your casework repertoire with a curvaceous front.
By Glen D. Huey
From the February 2012 issue #195.
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One of the most interesting aspects of a serpentine chest, with its front concave at the ends and convex in the center, is how the wood grain changes as the curves undulate across the front. A drawer front that begins as a piece of flat stock presents three distinct areas after shaping. The grain in the concave sections displays an “X” pattern, while the grain in the center section forms a circle. The patterns highlight the curved front to give the chest a more distinctive appearance.
* In the cut list for the Serpentine Chest, the drawer fronts were incorrectly listed as 1 -3/4″ thick; the correct thickness for each drawer front is 2 -3/4.”
MODEL: Click here for the SketchUp model of the Serpentine Chest.
VIDEO: See Glen use a router setup to remove the bulk of the waste from dovetail sockets.
MORE VIDEO: Discover the treasures of 42 diplomatic reception rooms at the U.S. Department of State building in Washington, D.C., home to a fabulous collection of American antiques.
IN OUR STORE: “Building 18th-Century American Furniture” by Glen D. Huey – an extensive collection of project plans of the author’s favorite furniture pieces. Also, Glen’s video, “Cheating at Handcut Dovetails.” Read more
This North Carolina beauty exemplifies the style of the early South.
By Glen D. Huey
From the November 2011 issue #193
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I don’t consider myself a furniture snob, but until recently, I’d not studied furniture from the South beyond pieces featured in “Southern Furniture 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection” by Ronald L. Hurst and Johnathan Prown (Colonial Williamsburg).
After spending a few days combing through file cabinets at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), I found I’ve been missing a vast array of gorgeous furniture.
VIDEO: Learn to taper legs at a jointer.
BLOG: Read about a clever slip-fit design for mortise-and-tenon work.
VIDEO: Increase your dovetail accuracy.
BLOG: Discover how to make simple, useful router jigs as you need them.
IN OUR STORE: “Furniture in the Southern Style: 27 Shop Drawings from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts” (Popular Woodworking Books). Read more
As ‘Rough Cut’ begins season two, we discover the host’s career path to television success. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 40-43 From the November issue #193 Buy this issue now I’m a firm believer that every person has a talent; everyone is great at something. To find that something and make it your life’s work … Read more
A hefty machine doesn’t dance around a bench.
By Glen D. Huey
If your woodworking involves a lot of mortise-and-tenon joinery, you need a dedicated mortise machine. The new 5⁄8″ hollow chisel benchtop mortiser from General International (model #75-040 MI) is an excellent choice.
VIDEO: Take a video tour of this machine at popularwoodworking.com/oct11.