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.
It’s too easy to say I like this article because of the beautiful Limbert style coffee table; but I do. The neat thing about this article is it presents a great Arts and Crafts furniture project for learning bridle joints, half-lap joints, and of course, how-to incorporate Limber style piercings into your furniture. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to layout ellipses. Another plus is learning a technique for performing flush-trimming operations on round, or in this case, elliptically shaped tops with a double-bearing, flush trimming bit. This is a new tool for me. So I was bit, let’s say irked, that FWW didn’t provide a sources side bar. In any event, here’s a link to get more information on a double-bearing, flush trimming bit.
Gregory has also written an article on a Stickley and Roycroft inspired book rack (FWW #197) and done a video for FWW on building a Bow-arm Morris chair for FWW Video Workshop series. Learn more about Gregory’s furniture and classes.