Arts & Crafts Bookshelf – Designing

A few weeks ago, Michelle mentioned that she wanted a new cabinet for the kitchen to keep all her cookbooks. So as a bit of a warm-up project in my new shop, I offered to build her one. I decided I wanted to make something in the Arts & Crafts style, so I broke out my A&C books to look for inspiration:

I dog eared a bunch of pictures with notes about which details I wanted to include in this project. I ended up focusing in on the cover project from Woodworking Magazine #3 (Spring 2005) – Gustav Stickley’s #73 Magazine Stand.

I’ve decided to make a few adjustments and embelishments on Gustav’s design, mostly to fit our specific needs in the kitchen. I’ve adjusted the height and width, added drawers, and included some decorative mortises to the sides.

I still don’t know what I’m going to do for pulls on the drawers.

This weekend I finally got around to the initial milling of the cherry I bought for this project.

It felt really good to be in the garage doing some real woodworking.

The Day in Shavings – 21 August 2010

I don’t have the trays for the ammo crate completed, but I wanted to give a quick update on my progess for it. I’ve spent a ton of time working on the box joints for these trays (yes, that’s 3/8″ plywood):

Most of today was spent working on these thru-box joints that connect the handle/middle-divider to the tray sides:

On a completely unrelated note, I also broke the seal (so to speak) on a can of AnchorSeal to cap the cherry logs I picked up last weekend:

Tomorrow I hope to get the last few details finished and get the trays into clamps, so I can write up a full post on this step of the project.