Half-lap joints are one of the mainstays of the Arts & Crafts style. They are used extensively in the grid work of contemporary Arts & Crafts furniture and picture frames. In this post I’ll show you how I make picture frames using half lap joints.
My second collaboration with Editor Tom Casper and the outstanding staff at American Woodworker has hit the newsstands! Check out the May/June 2012 issue. Beginning on page 36 are step-by-step instructions on how to build a Gustav Stickley No. 53 Double Costumer — which is sometimes called a coat rack. What’s great about this seemingly simple 6 part project, is the unique way that Tom and I came up with for integrating through mortise and tenon joinery in big (over 2″ x 2″) posts without using a drill press, mortiser, or mallet and chisel. Check it out, I think you’ll find this a very easy way to begin mastering the through mortise and tenon. Drop me an email, or comment to this post, if you have any question about the project.
Well, we’ve done it again — Saturday afternoon we released 5 new Arts and Crafts tables into the wild! Thanks to Tom, Gerald, Gary, Mike, Chuck and Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking.
I’m excited to announce in 2011 I will again join Kelly Mehler at his School of Woodworking in Berea, KY. I’ll be teaching my Arts and Crafts Table class the week of 21 -26 March 2011. Class details and registration information can be found on Kelly’s website. I hope you’ll sign up to join us.
Kelly Mehler School of Woodworking; Build an Arts and Crafts Bedside Table; Arts and Crafts Bedside Table
If you’ve ever wanted to build an Arts & Crafts Rocker, than Woodcraft magazine’s November 2010 issue (Volume 6, No. 37) is just for you! The cover story, written by furnituremaker, writer, and instructor Matthew Teague is an excellent article on how to build his Stickley and Greene & Greene inspired Arts & Crafts Rocking chair.
Matthew is former Managing Editor at Fine Woodworking who now builds furniture in his Nashville, TN studio. His work has exhibited at the Tennessee State Museum and the Knoxville Museum of Art. He is the author of Getting Started in Woodworking: Projects for Your Shop (Taunton Press, 2005) along with other articles in Fine Woodworking, Outside Magazine, Woodcraft, The Inspired House, and Field & Stream
A challenging project, Matthew’s rocker will introduce you to some chairmaking challenges such as canted and curved backs. His project also includes through tenons, making and working with templates, and a threaded-rod joint he learned from fellow furnituremaker Alan Daigre. Woodcraft Magazine pulls the project together with online access to Matthew’s patterns. But the skill building doesn’t stop there, they also include a second article, by Matthew, on how to upholster a slip seat.
Thanks to Bret, Peggy, Bruce, Mike, Lowell, Mark, Rudy, and Guy–a great bunch of very enthusiastic woodworkers– for making the first Arts & Crafts Table with Stewart Crick class a huge success at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking.
A special thank you to Kelly and Terri for the opportunity to have this class. Any one who wanted to attend, but couldn’t, mark March 2011 on your calendar, that’s when we’ll hold the class again at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking. Watch Kelly’s website for 2011 schedule, coming out this October for details.