John F. Adams
The hall table and mirror here described, are in the "Mission" style, and are given at this time as they are particularly suitable for summer residences. Those readers who are fortunate enough to possess the luxury of a summer place and have the leisure for cabi-inet work, will have no difficulty in constructing either of these pieces of furniture. They are equally suitable for other than summer houses, and can be kept in mind for winter work by those who find the design suitable for their needs.
The table requires two front posts 31x3 x 2 in.; the rear ones are 35 in. long. The cross pieces from front to rear posts are 19 in. long, which allows 1/2 in. at the rear ends for tenons, and 3 in. at the front ends. The distance between the front and rear posts is 16 in, and between the two front posts 39 in. The upper cross pieces at the ends are 2 in wide, the middle one 4 in. wide, and the lower one 2 1/2 in. wide; all are 1 1/2 in thick. The space between upper and middle cross pieces is 10 in.; between the middle and lower ones, 8 in. The tenons on the ends are 3/4 in. wide; those projecting at the front being bevelled slightly to take off the sharp edges.
The lower pieces connecting the two front and two rear posts are 40 1/2 in. long, 2 in. wide and 1 1/2 in thick, allowing § in. at each end for tenons. The pieces are 2 in. above the floor. The lower shelf is 41 in. long, 17 "in. wide and 1 1/4 in. thick. At the back edge is a piece 40 1/2 in. long, 3 in. wide and 1 in. thick, mortised into the posts, and with the lower ends flush with the under side of the shelf. The corners of the shelf are cut out to fit around the posts and the shelf nailed in place when finally assembled.
The cross piece at the back of the top shelf is 50 in. long, 7 in. wide and 1 in. thick. The tenons on the ends are 3 in. wide and fin. thick. The wedges and mortises for same are 1/4 in. thick. Care must be taken in cutting the mortises to prevent breaking the ends, and to get them correctly located. The top shelf is in two thicknesses, using stock 7/8• in. thick. A front finish piece 2 in. wide and 7/8 or 1 in. thick is nailed and glued to the front edge, planing down smooth after the glue is hard.
The mirror frame is for a mirror 24x40 in., making the inside dimensions of the frame 23 1/4x39 1/4 in. The two end pieces are 33 in. long, 3 in. wide, and 1 1/4 in. thick. The top piece is 50 in. long, 3 in. wide and 1 in. thick. The lower piece is 50 in. long, 4 in. wide and 1 in. thick. The mortises on the ends of the top piece are 2 1/2 in. wide, 7/8 in. thick and with 1/4 in. mortises for the wedges. The mortises on the lower piece are 3 in. wide, 7/8 in thick and with 1/4 in. mortises for the wedges.
On the inner edges of sides and cross pieces cut rabbets 3/8 in. deep and 3/8 wide for receiving the mirror and backing for same. Care must be taken in cutting the mortises to have them well made, otherwise the frame will not be firm enough to hold the mirror, which is rather heavy. Four ornamental hooks are hung as shown; two on each side piece. Brass plates are attached to the back for holding to the wall with screws. The wood used for both table and mirror frame should be oak, stained dark as desirod, and given a wax finish.