John F. Adams.

This very convenient piece of furniture is easily made. All the stock, except the top piece, is selected oak, 3/4" thick. The top piece may be of the same thickness, but will look better if 1" thick. The two side pieces are 421/2" long, 91/2" wide at the top, and 14" wide at the bottom. As pieces this width are not easily obtainable, it may be necessary to glue two pieces together. If the worker is not used to this kind of work, it had best be done at the mill, the charge for doing it not being very much. To get the taper at the top, a triangular piece is taken off of each side, which can also be done at the mill, as well as the sawing out of the circular recess in the bottom of each side, the two pieces that go under the lower shelf, and the brackets under the top. All edges should be planed smooth, as the cabinet is open on both front and back. The side pieces are 121/4" apart at the bottom and 7f" at the top, inside measurements. The under side of the lower shelf is 6" from the floor. This shelf is 121/4" long and 12" wide, allowing 1/4" on each end for mortise. On account of the inward slope of the sides, the mortises for all the shelves must be cut at a slight angle. These mortises should be carefully cut to the exact width o.f the shelves to give a tight fit, so that the cabinet may stand firm when finished. The ends of the shelves must be cut to the same angle as the slope of the sides. To avoid errors, a rough plan may be drawn on the scale of 1/4" equals 1". The shelves are 8" apart in the clear, the top shelf being about 9" from the top piece.

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The top piece is 14" square and 1" thick, and is fastened to the side pieces by screws, three for each side. It will probably simplify the work if the top and lower shelf are fastened to the sides before sawing out the other shelves, all the mortises having previously been made. The second shelf is 111/2" long and 11" wide. The third shelf is 101/2 long and 10" wide. The top shelf is 91/2" long and 9" wide. The shelves are fastened to the sides by screws from the outside, the heads being countersunk into the wood and covered with putty. Screws of small diameter should be used, so that the holes for them will be as small as possible.

The shelves not being so wide as the side pieces will not quite cover the mortises. The little spaces left outside the shelves should be filled with small pieces of oak glued in. If each piece is clamped when put in, the glue will hold better and cracks will be less conspicuous. Fill all cracks with putty.

The two pieces under the lower shelf are 12" long and 3" wide. The arches are 2' deep, making the pieces 1" wide at the center. These are fastened by screws, using care not to split the pieces when putting them in. They are set 1" inside the edge of the shelf, the outside ends being cut to the angle of the sides. The three brackets on each side of the top are cut from pieces 21/2" square and 3/4" thick. Make a paper pattern and have them sawed out at the mill. These are fastened by one screw in each, in addition to being glued. The inside edge must also be cut at the same angle as the side pieces.

When done, sandpaper smooth and stain a very dark brown or green. The edges of the shelves may be covered with a leather border nailed on with square head upholstering nails.