Popular Woodworking 2007-02 № 160, страница 21

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Tbonen House

Side Table

A small project that's big on details.

I've always appreciated the look of furniture designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene. Though often equated with the Arts & Crafts movement at the beginning of the 20th century, their furniture designs reflect an Asian influence that softens the often hard lines of Arts & Crafts furniture. While looking for a piece to build, I was talking with Robert W. Lang, senior editor for Popular Woodworking and author of the just-published "Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture" (Fox Chapel). He suggested adapting a small side table originally made for the Thorsen House in Berkeley, Calif.

The cutouts on the aprons quickly won me over, but I did make a couple modifications that lightened the look of the table. Rather than a full-width shelf captured between two straight stretchers, I opted to make the stretcher with a top-and-bottom cloudlift design and make the shelf only half the width of the original. I also added some V16" quirk details to the corners of the legs and the edges of the aprons, stretchers and the shelf. These "rabbets" add a simple shadow line to a very pleasant design.

Start With the Lumber

Selecting your lumber for this table is an important step. Because it's such a small piece, wild grain will dramatically change the overall appearance. You want to look for mahogany that is as straight grained as possible. This

by David Thiel

David is the executive editor for Popular Woodworking Books. He can be reached at 513-531-2690 ext. 1255 or david.thiel@fwpubs.com.

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