Projects

November 17, 2014

Making A&C Picture Frames with Half-lap Joints

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.


May 10, 2012

Building Gustav Stickley’s No. 53 Double Costumer

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.


March 29, 2011

Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking–Arts and Crafts Table 2011

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.


December 22, 2010

Back by Popular Demand!

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.


November 13, 2010

Build An Arts & Crafts Rocker

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.


October 11, 2010

Build a Limbert Coffee Table

So much furniture to build, and so little time to do it. When my December 2010 issue of Fine Woodworking arrived, I saw something I really liked on the cover—a Charles Limbert style coffee table. I like it for several reasons. First we, myself included, tend to focus on building Greene & Greene or Stickley (pick a brother) style furniture, and so the fact that someone is writing-about and designing furniture inspired by someone other than the Greenes or Stickleys, I think is good. Second, the article made me realize I should expand my content here on Gus’ Guild to include posts on the growing number of how-to articles being written about building Arts & Crafts furniture. Finally, closer to home I’m excited about trying Gregory’s technique for making Limbert inspired piercings—a feature I’ve always wanted to add to my furniture designs. So here’s my inaugural post on a building Arts & Crafts furniture article.


August 29, 2010

A Great Time had by All!

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.


March 25, 2009

Building a Bedside Table

The April/May issue of American Woodworker is out! You may notice a framiliar Arts and Crafts bedside table on the cover. Starting on Page 39 is an article I’ve written on building a bedside table. It includes step-by-step instruction on incorporating spindles and panels into your Arts and Crafts furniture, making breadboard tops, and a second article on making four-sided quartersawn legs on a router table. This is a great project for learning how to make many Arts and Crafts elements!