Popular Woodworking 2007-12 № 166, страница 29

Popular Woodworking 2007-12 № 166, страница 29

Final cut. After shaping the legs and the shelf, the intersection is blended with a #1 straight carving chisel. Leaving these small areas oversized until almost the end of the project resulted in crisp detail in a highly visible place.

beautiful wood, and I wanted a finish that would show it off without filling the grain or looking polished. I used dark walnut Watco Danish oil for the first two coats and natural Watco Danish oil for the final three.

I applied the oil liberally, let it soak in for about 15 minutes, then reapplied more oil. I wet-sanded the table with a Scotch-Brite pad on the first coat, let it sit for another 10 minutes then wiped the surface dry. I waited a day between coats, then saturated the surface, allowed the oil to sit for 15 minutes, then wiped the surfaces dry.

Gustav Stickley's talent as a designer is often downplayed by those who aren't familiar with his entire career. The straight lines and masculine proportions of his Craftsman furniture can lead a person to believe that his entire body of work contains no curves or delicate shapes.

The Poppy Table was one of three similar tea tables produced in 1900. All three are exquisitely proportioned, sensitive designs based on floral forms. The style can be seen as a bridge between Art Nouve au and American Arts & Crafts. These early gems show that Gustav Stickley's tremendous talent for design was not dependent on the direction it was focused. PW

Bob is the author of several books about furniture from the Arts & Crafts period, including "Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture" (Fox Chapel). More information is available at his web site: craftsmanplans.com. Contact Bob by calling 513-531-2690 ext. 1327 or e-mail: robert. lang@fwpubs.com.

It isn't cheating. The original table had face- Last tap. The assembled hub and stretchers fit

grain plugs in the faces of the legs. It is reason- into the dovetail sockets at the top of the legs.

able to assume that there are screws beneath the When everything is lined up, they are tapped

plugs. A Domino loose tenon reinforces these home, completing the assembly without using

joints. clamps.

First coat. Dark walnut Danish oil helps to accentuate the grain of the mahogany. Two color coats were followed by three coats of natural Danish oil.

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