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Mission Furniture: How To Make It | by Henry Haven Windsor



This book is one of the series of Handbooks on industrial subjects being published by the Popular Mechanics Company. Like Popular Mechanics Magazine, and like the other books in this series, it is "written so you can understand it." The purpose of Popular Mechanics Handbooks is to supply a growing demand for high-class, up-to-date and accurate text-books, suitable for home study as well as for class use, on all mechanical subjects. The text and illustrations, in each instance, have been prepared expressly for this series by well known experts, and revised by the editor of Popular Mechanics.

TitleMission Furniture: How To Make It
AuthorHenry Haven Windsor
PublisherPopular Mechanics Co.
Year1909
Copyright1909, H.H. Windsor
AmazonMission Furniture: How to Make It
-Home-Made Mission Chair
Suitable for Dining Room Use Details of Chair Construction A mission chair suitable for the dining room can be made from any one of the furniture woods to match the other articles of furnitu...
-How To Make A Lamp Stand And Shade
A library light stand of pleasing design and easy construction is made as follows: Square up a piece of white oak so that it shall have a width and thickness of 1-3/4 in. with a length of 13 in. Squar...
-How To Make A Porch Chair
The illustration shows a very comfortable and attractive porch chair that can be made with few tools and easily procured material. Most any kind of wood will answer, says the American Carpenter and Bu...
-How To Make A Tabouret
Secure from the planing mill the following pieces and have them planed and sandpapered on two surfaces: For the top, one piece 7/8 in. thick and 17 in. square. For the legs, four pieces 7/8 in. thick,...
-How To Make A Morris Chair
The stock necessary to make a morris chair of craftsman design as shown in the engraving can be purchased mill-planed and sandpapered on four sides as given in the following list: 4 posts 1-3/4 by 3...
-Home-Made Mission Book Rack
Light but Strong When making the book rack as shown in the accompanying photograph use quarter-sawed oak if possible, as this wood is the most suitable for finishing in the different mission stain...
-How To Make A Mission Library Table
The mission library table, the drawings for which are here given, has been found well proportioned and of pleasing appearance. It can be made of any of the several furniture woods in common use, such ...
-Home-Made Mission Candlestick
There are many kinds of mission candlesticks, but few of them carry out the mission design throughout. Herewith is illustrated a candlestick which may be made from the various woods that will have the...
-Another Style Of Mission Chair
The material necessary to make a mission chair as shown in the accompanying illustration may be secured from a planing mill with all four surfaces squared and sandpapered. The mill can do this work qu...
-How To Make And Finish A Magazine Stand
For the magazine stand shown herewith there will be needed the following pieces: 1 top, 7/8 in. by 15-1/2 in. by 16-1/2 in. 1 shelf, 7/8 in. by 11-1/2 in. by 12-1/2 in. 1 shelf, 7/8 in. by 12-1/2 in...
-Home-Made Lawn Swing
The Completed Swing The coming of spring and summer calls forth various kinds of porch and lawn furniture. A porch or lawn swing to accommodate two or more persons is a thing desired by most peopl...
-How To Make A Portable Table
Table for Outdoor Use A table for outdoor use that can be taken apart, stored or changed from place to place may be made at small expense. Fasten cleats with screws, as shown in Fig. 1, to the bot...
-How To Make A Combination Billiard Table And Davenport
A small size billiard table which can be converted quickly into a davenport is made as follows: Secure clear, selected plain sawed white oak in sizes as indicated by the drawing. Have these planed at ...
-Easily Made Book Shelves
Very cheap but useful and attractive book shelves are shown in the accompanying drawing. The vertical strips, A, may be 3/4 in. by 2 in. and are screwed to four shelves, B, each cut to the shape of a ...
-A Blacking Case Tabouret
A substantial piece of mission furniture which may be used as a tabouret or plant stand as well as a blacking case, in which there is a receptacle for brushes, blacking and a shoe rest, is shown in...
-How To Make A Roll Top Desk
The Desk Complete The materials for this roll top desk can be purchased from a mill dressed and sandpapered so the hardest part of the work will be finished. The wood must be selected to suit the ...
-How To Make A Roman Chair
In making this roman chair, as well as other articles of mission furniture, the materials can be ordered from the mill with much of the hard work completed. Order the stock to make this chair as follo...
-How To Make A Settee
This handsome piece of mission furniture is designed to be made up in three different pieces as desired, the only changes necessary being in the length of the one front and the two back rails. The set...
-How To Make A Pyrographer's Table
Convenient Pyrographer's Table Any pyrographer will appreciate the construction of the table and cabinet as illustrated. Anyone doing burnt wood work will know the annoyance of building up a stead...
-Mission Stains
What is mission oak stain? There are many on the market, with hardly two alike in tone. The true mission oak stain may be said to show a dull gray, the flakes showing a reddish tint, while the grain o...
-Filling Oak
A very good hardwood filler for oak, either for a natural or golden effect, may be made from two parts of turpentine and one part of raw linseed oil, with a small amount of good japan to dry in the us...
-Wax Finishing
In wax-finishing hardwoods, use a paste filler and shellac varnish to get a good surface. Of course, the wax may also be rubbed into the unfilled wood but that gives you quite a different effect from ...
-The Fuming Of Oak
Darkened oak always has a better appearance when fumed with ammonia. This process is rather a difficult one, as it requires an airtight case, but the description herewith given may be entered into wit...
-How To Make Black Wax
When putting a wax finish on oak or any open-grained wood, the wax will often show white streaks in the pores of the wood. These streaks cannot be removed by rubbing or brushing. Prepared black wax ca...
-The 40 Styles Of Chairs
There are 40 distinct styles of chairs embracing the period from 3000 B.C. to 1900 A.D. - nearly 7,000 years. Of all the millions of chairs made during the centuries, each one can be classified under ...
-How To Make A Piano Bench
Piano Bench All the material used in the making of this piano bench is 1 in. thick, excepting the two rails, which are 7/8 in. thick. The bench can be made from any of the furniture woods, but the...
-How To Make A Mission Shaving Stand
This attractive and useful piece of mission furniture will be appreciated by the person that does his own shaving. The shaving stand can be made at home by a handy man in his spare time as the stock c...
-A Mission Waste-Paper Basket
Waste-Paper Basket to Match Library Table The basket shown in the accompanying sketch is designed to be used with a library table having slats in the ends and wooden handles on the drawers. The fi...
-A Cellarette Pedestal
Plain-Oak Cellarette Pedestal The illustration shows a unique article for the den. It serves as a pedestal and has one side which opens on hinges allowing the inside to be used as a smoker's cabinet...
-A Dresser
The dresser shown in the illustration was made of quarter-sawed white oak and finished golden and waxed. The mirror is of beveled glass and the following is the stock bill: 1 top, 3/4 by 19-1/2 by 3...
-A Mission Sideboard
Oak is the most suitable material for making this sideboard and it should be first-class stock, planed and cut to the dimensions given in the following list: 1 top, 7/8 by 22 by 48 in., S-2-S. 1 top...
-A Hall Or Window Seat
Seat Made of Quarter-Sawed Oak A simple design for a hall or window seat is shown in the accompanying sketch and detail drawing. Anyone who has a few sharp tools, and is at all handy with them, ca...
-A Mission Plant Stand
For the mission plant stand shown in the illustration secure the following list of quarter-sawed white-oak stock, cut and finished to size: 1 top, 3/4 by 15-1/2 by 15-1/2 in., S-2-S. 4 posts, 1-1/4 ...
-A Bedside Medicine Stand
The accompanying sketch and detail drawing show a design of a bedside stand. This is a very desirable piece of furniture and is simple and easy to make. Quarter-sawed oak is the best wood to use in it...
-A Mission Hall Chair
This hall chair is designed to take up as little room as possible. For its construction the following stock will be needed: 1 back, 7/8 by 14 by 44 in., S-2-S. 2 sides, 7/8 by 14 by 17 in., S-2-S. 1...
-An Oak Buffet
Finished Buffet Details of Buffet The accompanying sketch and detail drawing show a design of a buffet wherein refinement of outline and harmony of details are conspicuously regarded. Quarter...
-Oak Stain
An easy and at the same time a good way to stain oak in imitation of the fumed effect, is to boil catechu in the proportion of 1/4 lb. to 6 lb. of water, after which cool and strain. Apply this to the...
-A Plain Oak Hall Clock
The hall clock shown in the illustration should be made of plain oak. The following pieces will be needed to make it: 2 back posts, 1-1/2 by 1-1/2 by 81 in., S-4-S. 2 front posts, 1-1/2 by 1-1/2 by ...
-A Rocking Chair
In furniture construction such as this, nothing is gained by trying to plane up the stock out of the rough. This is mere drudgery and can be more cheaply and easily done at the planing mill by machine...
-A Curved Back Arm Chair
The arm chair, the picture and drawing of which is given herewith is a companion piece to the rocker described on another page. With the exception of the back-legs the stock bill which follows gives ...
-A Plate Rack
The plate rack shown in the accompanying illustration is designed for use in a room furnished in mission style. The dimensions may be changed to suit the wall space. The parts are held together entire...
-Tool For Marking Dowel Holes
On some work it is quite difficult to locate the exact point for a dowel, but with the tool illustrated placed between the joint to be made and the parts gently pressed together you have the exact poi...
-A Magazine Table
This little magazine table will be found a very useful piece of furniture for the den or library. Its small size permits it to be set anywhere in a room without being in the way. Quarter-sawed oak sho...
-A Waste Paper Basket
A waste paper basket of pleasing design, and very easy to construct, is shown in the accompanying sketch. Quarter-sawed oak is the best wood to use, and it is also the easiest to obtain. The following...
-An Oak Writing Desk
For the writing desk shown in the accompanying picture the following stock will be needed. The thicknesses of all the pieces are specified. On the legs the widths, too, are specified. Quarter-sawed wh...
-An Oak Couch With Cushions
This beautiful piece of mission furniture can be made at a very moderate cost, if the material used for the cushions is of good imitation leather. These substitutes for leather last fully as long and ...
-Electric Shade For The Dining Room
The dining shade shown is constructed of wood and glass. There will be needed the following: 8 pieces, 3/4 by 3/4 by 24 in., S-4-S, oak. 4 pieces, 3/4 by 3/4 by 4 in., S-4-S, oak. 4 pieces, 3/4 by 3...
-How To Bend Wood
The process for making bent wood for furniture parts is the same as for any other kind of bent-wood work. The pieces should be made close to the size, with only enough material left on them for clean...
-A Smoking Stand
When making the smoking stand shown in the accompanying photograph, use quarter-sawed oak, if possible, as this wood is the most suitable for finishing in the different mission stains. This little pie...
-A China Closet
This beautiful piece of mission furniture can be made by anyone who has a few good tools and knows how to use them. The cost is very moderate and if you are convenient to a mill a great amount of labo...
-A Leather-Covered Footstool
The illustration shows a very handy footstool in mission style. The following list of materials will be needed: 4 oak posts, 1-1/2 by 1-1/2 by 12 in., S-4-S. 2 sides, 3/4 by 3 by 12 in., soft wood. ...
-Arts-Crafts Mantel Clock
The clock shown in the illustration was designed especially for rooms furnished in mission style. The clock, however, may be made of mahogany or other wood to match the furniture in any room where it ...
-A Music Stand
The attractive and useful piece of mission furniture shown in the accompanying illustration is made of quarter-sawed oak. Considerable labor can be saved in its construction if the stock is ordered fr...
-Making Screws Hold In The End Grain Of Wood
MAKING SCREWS HOLD IN END GRAIN It is often necessary to fasten one piece of wood to the end of another by means of screws. Wood being a fibrous material, it can be readily understood that when a ...
-A Wall Case With A Mirror Door
The wall case shown in the accompanying picture will serve well as a medicine case. Having a paneled door in which is set a mirror, it serves equally well as a shaving case. It is best made of some ha...
-A Side Chair
A side chair of simple design and construction is here given. The great difficulty with most chair designs is that the back is generally designed narrower than the front, thus necessitating the rails ...
-An Arm Chair
The arm chair here described and illustrated is intended to be one of the set of diners made after the design of the side chair described on another page. The same general directions for making the si...
-A Bookcase
This beautiful piece of mission furniture can be made at a very moderate cost by anyone who has a slight knowledge of tools. Considerable labor can be saved by ordering the material from the mill read...
-A Lamp Stand
A mission table lamp stand for those who use electric lights is shown in the accompanying illustration. It is suitable for either the office or the home and is very simple in design and construction. ...
-An Extension Dining Table
The accompanying sketch and photograph show a simple design of an extension dining table of the mission style. It is very easy to construct and can be built at home by anyone who is at all handy with ...
-An Oak-Bound Cedar Chest
This cedar chest for storing unused bedding or furs is not a difficult thing to make and when made, the hard oak binding takes the wear and protects the softer cedar so that the chest ought to serve s...
-A Tool For Making Mortises
In the construction of mission furniture where mortise joints are mostly used, those who cannot have access to a mortising machine will find the following method of great assistance in obtaining a tru...
-A Dresser For Child's Playroom
This dresser can be made of two kinds of wood as marked on the drawing or it can be made all of one kind. The original dresser was made of oak and walnut and was finished natural, the contrast between...
-Cutting Tenons With A Hand-Saw
This home-made tool will be a great help in the construction of mission furniture. With its use, tenons may be entirely cut with a saw, discarding the use of a chisel and mallet. The device consists o...
-Arts And Crafts Oil Lamp
Electricity and gas are not always accessible in suburban or country homes and the regular type of a mission lamp would be of little use. The illustration shows an ordinary round wick kerosene lamp fi...
-Another China Closet
The china closet shown in the accompanying illustration is well proportioned and of pleasing appearance. It can be made of any one of the several furniture woods in common use, but quarter-sawed oak w...
-An Oak Bedstead
The accompanying sketches show an artistic design for a mission bed, so simple in construction and design that most any one that has a few tools and a knowledge of their use can make it. It is best ma...
-An Oak Footstool
The footstool shown in the illustration can be made from any kind of wood, but when it is intended to be finished in mission style, quarter-sawed oak will produce the best effect. The material needed ...
-A Library Set In Pyro-Carving
The multitude of indifferently executed small articles which followed the introduction of pyrography is beginning to disappear, people are considering the art more seriously and applying it to more di...
-A Grille With Pedestals To Match
The accompanying sketch shows something unique in a grille that adds to the appearance of a home furnished in mission style. When it is stained and finished to match the furniture, it gives a consumma...
-A Lady's Writing Desk
This desk of mission style is a little more complicated than some of the other pieces of mission furniture that have been described, but anyone who has a fair knowledge of tools will not have much tro...
-A Telephone Stand And Stool
The stand shown in the accompanying illustration is for use with a desk telephone. The stool when not in use, slides on two runners under the stand. A shelf is provided for the telephone directory, pa...
-How To Make A Dowel-Cutting Tool
Secure a piece of steel about 1/4 in. thick, 1-3/4 in. wide and 8 in. long. Drill various sized holes through the steel as shown in Fig. 1, leaving the edge of each hole as sharp as the drill will mak...
-A Medicine Cabinet
This cabinet is best made of quarter-sawed oak, as this wood is the most easily procured and looks well when finished. Order the stock from the mill ready cut to length, squared and sanded. The follow...
-A Piano Bench
Piano Bench in Black Walnut The piano bench shown in the accompanying picture was made of black walnut and was finished natural. The finish was applied in the following manner: First, all the part...
-A Library Table
A library table of neat appearance and correct proportions is shown in the accompanying sketch and detail drawing. This table looks best when finished in quarter-sawed oak, although any of the other f...
-A Princess Dresser
Dresser Made of Quarter-Sawed Oak A design of a princess dresser that is well proportioned and of pleasing appearance is shown in the accompanying sketch and detail drawing. The cost is very moder...
-A Sewing Box
A rather unique sewing box, and one that is quite as convenient as unique, is shown in the illustration. The material is walnut and ash. The posts are walnut and the slats and top rail ash. Both are f...
-A Fern Stand
When making the fern stand shown in the accompanying sketch use quarter-sawed oak if possible, as this wood is the most suitable for finishing in the different mission stains. Considerable labor can b...
-A Wardrobe
The wardrobe or clothes closet shown in the accompanying sketch and detail drawing will be found a great convenience in a bedroom where closet space is limited or where there is no closet at all. It p...
-A Finish
An appropriate finish is obtained as follows: First thoroughly scrape and sandpaper the various parts, then apply a coat of brown Flemish water stain. Allow this to dry well, then sand it lightly with...
-An Oak Table
The accompanying illustration shows another style of a mission table. The stock for this table if ordered as follows and sanded will require only the work of making the joints and putting them togethe...
-Book Trough
Detail of Book Trough A very cheap but attractive book trough is shown in the accompanying photograph. This piece of mission furniture will be found useful in the home or office and can be made by ...
-An Oak Serving Table
The serving table is another useful piece of furniture that can be made in mission style. This table should be made in quarter-sawed oak and stained very light. The stock order is as follows: 2 post...
-An Umbrella Stand
Umbrella Stand Detail of Umbrella Stand The umbrella stand shown in the accompanying illustration will be found quite appropriate for the hall or reception room that is furnished in mission sty...
-A Chafing-Dish Buffet
The chafing-dish buffet is something very convenient and attractive for the dining room. For the best effect it should be made of quartered oak, stained brown or weathered and trimmed with brass hardw...
-A Writing Desk
The desk shown in the illustration was made of plain-sawed white oak. The copper lighting fixtures were made by the amateur as were the hinges and the drawer pulls. The doors are fitted with art-glass...
-Music Rack And Bookstand
The illustration shows a very handy music and bookstand, which also can be used at the bedside as a reading stand. The following list of material will be required for construction: 1 standard, 1-1/8...
-A Dictionary And Magazine Stand
The accompanying picture shows a stand that is intended primarily for holding a large-size dictionary. The shelves may be utilized for holding books, magazines or sheet music. It will stand wear best ...
-A Leather Back Arm Chair
Arm Chair Complete Detail of the Arm Chair A mission arm chair of simple design and construction is shown in the accompanying illustration. This chair is suitable for any room of the house and...
-A Wall Shelf
Coarse-grained woods make up into furniture and take a more satisfactory finish than close-grained woods. For this reason chestnut or oak is suggested for this shelf. Chestnut has a beautiful grain an...
-A Pedestal
The pedestal shown in the accompanying illustration is another piece of furniture that can be made in the mission style. It is very simple in design and construction, and can be made by anyone who has...
-Magazine Rack
The accompanying cut shows a magazine rack that will find favor with many amateur wood-workers on account of its simplicity in design and its rich, massive appearance when properly finished. It is so ...
-A Hall Tree
When making the hall tree as shown in the accompanying illustration use quarter-sawed oak if possible, as this wood is the most suitable for finishing in the different mission stains. This is a very u...
-A Table For The Den
The table shown in the accompanying sketch is especially appropriate for the den; it might be used in any other part of the house as well. It may be built of plain-sawed red oak, or of quarter-sawed w...
-A Burlap-Covered Window Seat
A portable window seat of neat appearance, which is designed to take the place of a cedar chest, is shown in the accompanying sketch. If care is taken to make the joints fit well, the box will be prac...
-Quarter-Sawed Oak Settee
The mission settee shown in the accompanying picture should be made of quarter-sawed white oak. The material needed will be as follows: 4 posts, 3-1/4 by 3-1/4 by 36-1/2 in., S-4-S. 4 end rails, 1-1...
-A Screen
In selecting or making up mission furniture for the home, a screen is necessary sometimes to add to the appearance of a room. The screen shown in the accompanying illustration consists of a few parts ...
-A Mission Bookrack
The accompanying sketch shows a bookrack designed strictly along mission lines. Enough stock may be found among the scrap, as no piece is over 1 in, in width or thickness. If stock is not on hand, sec...
-A Round Extension Dining Table
Detail of the Table This extension table should be made of some hard wood, preferably white oak. It will be a difficult matter to secure legs of the sizes indicated in solid pieces of clear stock. ...
-An Arm Dining Chair
Armchair of the Dining-Room Set This armchair will look well if made of plain-sawed oak. Quarter-sawed oak might be used, or black walnut if desired. The stock bill specifies the various parts mill...
-A Hall Bench
All the stock for this bench should be of 7/8-in. oak, excepting the slats, which may be of a cheaper wood. The following list of lumber will be required to build it: 4 slats, 7/8 by 4 by 17 in., ch...
-A Sewing Table
This convenient and useful table will be much appreciated by any woman. It has two drawers for sewing material, and two drop leaves to spread the work upon. The following list of material will be nee...
-Another Side Chair
Side Chair of Dining-Room Set A companion piece to the chair with arms and the sideboard is the side chair illustrated herewith. It should be made of the same kind of wood and finished to correspon...
-Another Piano Bench
The piano bench shown is best made of black walnut or oak and should be finished in the natural color for walnut, but stained some rich brown for oak. The following pieces will be needed: 1 top, 1 ...
-Another Screen
The screen shown in the accompanying illustration is made of burlap and plain-sawed oak. The stock list follows: 2 posts, 1-1/2 by 1-1/2 by 40 in., S-4-S. 2 base pieces, 3 by 3 by 12-1/2 in., S-4-S....
-A Folding Card Table
The accompanying sketch shows the details of a card table that can be folded up and carried about or stored away when not in use. We would advise making two tables at the same time, as the material fo...
-Magazine Stand
Stand Complete If you do not possess the necessary tools for getting out the material used in this piece of furniture, it can be purchased from a mill already planed, sanded and cut to lengths give...
-A Tabouret
The stock necessary to make a tabouret of craftsman design as shown in the accompanying illustration can be purchased from the mill ready cut to length, squared and sanded. Quarter-sawed oak is the be...
-A Porch Swing
Complete Porch Swing The porch swing shown in the illustration can be made of southern pine at a very moderate cost. It should be suspended by rustless black chains and eyebolts passing through the...
-A Foot Warmer
This foot warmer is so constructed that two bricks may be heated and placed inside of the stool. Oak is the most suitable wood to use, and the following pieces will be needed: 4 legs, 1-1/4 by 1-1/...
-A Plate Rack For The Dining Room
This plate rack can be made of any kind of wood and finished to match other pieces of furniture in the room, but as it is of mission design, oak is the most suitable lumber, as it takes the mission st...
-Another Mission Sideboard
Sideboard for the Dining-Room Set The sideboard is a piece designed to go with the armchair and side chair with similar paneling design. Like these chairs the sideboard should be made of hard wood...









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