Contemporary details and materials update this classic form.
By Mario Rodriguez
Apartments in the Philadelphia area where I live are in demand and rents are high. The same is true for urban areas all over the country. So for someone who insists on living in town, one solution is to “go small.” The city sideboard is the perfect piece for tight urban spaces and it’s versatile, too. Measuring around 35″ wide and only 16″ deep, it can work as a dining room sideboard, an entry table (with storage) or an office credenza.
Blog: Build a “scissors brace” to help square your casework.
Web Site: Take a class at the author’s school, the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop.
To Buy: “Building Cabinets, Bookcases and Shelves” a book featuring 29 projects. Read more
Traditional methods with a veneer hammer and hot hide glue. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 64-69 From the June 2007 issue #162 Buy this issue now Veneering has been practiced for thousands of years. It’s a way to take some of the world’s most spectacular but unstable woods, cut them to paper-thinness and glue them to … Read more
Making your own tool helps you understand how and why it works, and what to do if it doesn’t. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 60-65 From the December 2008 Issue #173 Buy this issue now Making a plane is a unique woodworking experience that shouldn’t be missed. It’s a way to develop a deep knowledge of … Read more
Reproducing knock-down furniture from two centuries ago. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 46-50 From the August 2008 issue #170 Buy this issue now When on campaign, during the l8th and l9th centuries, British military officers frequently traveled with portable furniture pieces. These durable and compact pieces were characterized by their simple design and various ingenious (hardware) … Read more
Work with the grain when gluing panels, even when the grain throws you a curve. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 66-69 From the December 2009 issue #180 Buy this issue now When I look at a piece of furniture, aside from its design and craftsmanship, I examine how the wood was used. How was it employed … Read more
Gentle curves and elegant details provide a place to get work done in style. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 44-49 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now A friend of mine recently moved into a small apartment in Providence and needed a place from which she could pay bills, do paperwork and park … Read more
Fine furniture calls for an elegant drawer. A master cabinetmaker shares his approach to design and fitting. By Mario Rodriguez Pages: 50-54 From the February 2009 issue #174 Buy this issue now There are just a few things my partner at Philadelphia Furniture Workshops, Alan Turner, and I don’t see eye-to-eye on. But how to … Read more