Advanced Projects in Woodwork
is a collection of projects designed to meet the needs of
classes in high school woodworking. These projects
presuppose familiarity with woodworking processes, tools,
and the two simple joints required in the making of projects
contained in the author's Projects in Beginning Woodwork and
The drawings are complete only
as to their general dimensions. The working out of details,
such as the sizes of mortises and tenons and their
locations, is left for the pupil in his work in drawing and
design. It is expected that the projects will afford
suitable basic material for classes in woodworking design.
It remains for the instructor to point out the manner in
which this material may be used.
For illustration, many beginning students are slow in
appreciation of possible modifications in structure or
Circular tops may
be used instead of square or octagonal, and vice versa.
Modification of the manner of filling side spaces with slats
offers variety in initiative.
Vertical posts may be made tapering and vice versa. Rails
and stretchers may be variously employed. There is almost
always a choice in the matter of joints, keyed or thru or
blind tenon. Fig. 1 is suggestive as to possible
modifications of a type.
In addition to the possible
structural modifications, the plates suggest variation in
the matter of decorative ornament such as pierced and carved
forms and simple inlay. Such ornament will, of course, be
kept subordinate to the structural design.
The upholstering of stool tops
and seats for chairs provides another problem in variation.
Little, if any, use is made of dowels as substitutes for the
While it is true that modern commercial
practice makes much use of dowels in this way, the author
feels that such practice is too often contrary to the
principles of good construction.
Its genesis lies in economy
of material rather than in any superiority as a fastening