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The Home Craftsman (1906)

The Home Craftsman (1906)

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HOM E
T R A IN IN G
I N
C A B IN E T
W ORK.
P R A C -
T IC A L
TA LK S
O N
S T R U C T U R A L
W OOD
W ORK-
IN G .
F O U R T H
O F
TH E
S E R IE S
T
h a d
b e e n
d e te rm in e d
t o
p re s e n t
i n
th is
fo u rth
p ra c tic a l
ta lk
th e
s u b je c t
o f
w oods,
th e ir
q u a lity
a n d
te x tu re ,
a n d
h o w
t o
s ta in
a n d
f in is h
th e m
so as to
p re s e rv e
a n d
em phasize
a ll
th e ir
n a tu ra l
b e a u ty .
W e
h a v e
h a d
a
num ber
o f
w ood
specim ens
p re p a re d ,
a n d
th e s e
w ere
p la c e d
i n
th e
h a n d s
o f
o u r
p h o to g -
ra p h e r
s o
th a t
h e
c o u ld
p ic tu re
th e m
fo r
o u r
re a d e rs .
B ut
h e
h a s
fo u n d
th e
ta s k
ra th e r
m ore
d iffic u lt
th a n
h e
s u p p o s e d ,
o w in g
to o u r
in s is te n c e
th a t
th e
g ra in
a n d
te x tu re
o f th e
w ood
s h a ll
b e c le a rly
show n.
H e
prom ises
s u c c e s s
i n
la te r
e n d e a v o rs ,
h e n c e
w e
a re
com -
p e lle d
t o
d e fe r
o u r
\u201cw ood
ta lk \u201d
u n til
th e
n e x t
is s u e .
W hile
th e s e
a re
t o
b e
p ra c tic a l
le s s o n s
i n
a c tu a l
w o o d -w o rk in g
I
d e e m
i t
o f
th e
h ig h e s t
p ra c tic a l
im p o rta n c e ,
e v e n
th u s
e a rly
i n
th e
s e r ie s ,
t o
g iv e
a
fe w
s u g g e s tio n s
o n
\u201c In d iv id u a lis m
i n
D e s ig n .\u201d
I t
is w ell
fo r
th e
b e g in n e r
t o
w ork
fro m
g o o d
m o d e ls
d e s ig n e d
fo r
him ,
a n d
t o
d o
h is
w ork
th o ro u g h ly
a n d
w e ll.
B ut
i t
is e q u a lly
g o o d
fo r
h im -a n d
fa r
m ore
im p o rta n t
i n
th e
e n d
-
th a t
h e
b e g in
t o
lo o k
a ro u n d
a t th e
s o u rc e
o f
a ll
in s p ira tio n ,
N a tu re ,
a n d
th in k
fo r
h im self
t o
th e
e n d
th a t
h e
c re a te
h is
ow n
d e s ig n s .
A
c o p y is t
c a n
n e v e r
b e
a
re a l
a r t i s t ,
n o
m atter
w hat
th e
f ie ld
i n
w h ic h
h e
w orks.
H e
m ay
h a v e
th e
g re a te s t
a b ility
i n
th e
w o rld
t o
a lte r
a n d
c h a n g e
a n d
com -
b in e ,
b u t
i f
h e
s e e k s
fo r
h is
in s p ira tio n
s o le ly
fro m
w hat
som e
o n e
e ls e
h a s
d o n e ,
h e
is a copyist
a n d
n o t
a n
a r t i s t .
I t
is w h a t
w e
d o
o u r-
s e lv e s ,
o f
o u r
ow n
im p e llin g ,
th a t
is of
v a lu e
t o
u s.
I n
c a b in e t
m a k in g
I w o u ld
s u g g e s t
th e
f u lle s t
e x e rc is e
o f
th is
f r e e
s p i r i t .
T h in k
fo r
y o u rse lf.
D esign
t o
m eet
y o u r
ow n
dem ands.
W ork
o u t
p ro b le m s
o f
y o u r
ow n.
D o n \u2019t
d o
th in g s
i n
a certain
w ay
b e c a u s e
o th e r
p e o p le
d o
th e m ,
b u t
b e c a u s e
y o u
h a v e
d e c id e d
th a t
th a t
i s
th e
b e s t
p o s s ib le
w ay.
I f
y o u
c a n
s e e
a b e tte r
w ay
g o
a h e a d
a n d
tr y
i t .
Y et
h e re
i t
i s
e s s e n tia l
th a t
o n e
m ost
im p o rta n t
p rin c ip le
b e
n o t
o v e rlo o k e d .
R em em ber
th is .
N ever
d o
a
th in g
u n le s s
s o m e th in g
d e fin ite
ju s tif ie s
i t .
D o n \u2019t
fo llo w
y o u r
ow n
w h im s,
a n y
m ore
th a n
y o u
fo llo w
th o s e
o f
o th e r
p e o p le .
D o
th in g s
b e c a u s e
th e y
n e e d
t o
b e
d o n e .
L et
y o u r
d e s ig n
g ro w
o u t
o f
n e c e s s ity .
M any
o f
th e
m ost
s trik in g ly
a r t i s t i c
a n d
b e a u tifu l
th in g s
th a t
h a v e
com e
dow n
t o
u s
3 f5 f4
HOM E
T R A IN IN G
I N
C A B IN E T
W ORK
o u t
o f
th e
p a s t
w ere
m ade
sim p ly
b e c a u s e
th e
c re a to rs
m et
e a c h
d iffi-
c u lty
i n
a m asterly
w ay
as it arose.
I n
o th e r
w ords,
th e y
d id
n o th in g
w ith o u t
a reason.
S o
s h o u ld
y o u
d is c ip lin e
y o u rse lf,
th a t
e v e ry th in g
y o u
d o
h a s
a c le a r
re a s o n
th e re fo r
i n
y o u r
ow n
m in d .
I t
m ust
a ls o
b e
d is tin c tly
u n d e rs to o d
th a t
th e
p ro p e r
p re p a ra tio n
fo r
th is
freedom ,
b o th
o f
th e
m ind
a n d
i n
d e s ig n
a n d
w o rk ,
c a n
o n ly
com e
t o
fu ll
fru itio n
b y
c o m p e llin g
y o u r
h a n d s
t o
o b e y
y o u
i n
d o in g
w h a te v e r
y o u
h a v e
u n d e rta k e n .
D o
n o t
th in k
fo r
o n e
m om ent
th a t
y o u
c a n
d o
g o o d
in d iv id u a lis tic
w o rk ,
u n til
y o u
h a v e
d e m o n s tra te d
th a t
y o u
c a n
c o p y
s o
th a t
th e
s te rn e s t
c r i t i c
m ust
com m end
w hat
y o u
h a v e
d o n e .
B liss
C arm an
n e v e r
w ro te
a
tru e r
th in g
th a n
w hen
h e
s a id
:
\u2018(1 have
a n
id e a
th a t
e v il
cam e
o n
e a rth
w hen
th e
f ir s t
m an
o r
w om an
s a id ,
\u2018T h a t
is n \u2019 t
th e
b e s t
I
c a n
d o ,
b u t
i t
is w ell
e n o u g h .\u2019
I n
th a t
s e n te n c e
th e
p rim itiv e
c u rs e
w as
p ro n o u n c e d ,
a n d
u n til
w e
b a n is h
i t
fro m
th e
w o rld
a g a in
w e
s h a ll
b e
doom ed
t o
in e ffic ie n c y ,
s ic k n e s s
a n d
u n h a p p in e s s .
T h o ro u g h n e s s
i s
a n
e le m e n ta l
v irtu e .
I n
n a tu re
n o th in g
i s
s lig h te d ,
b u t
th e
le a s t
a n d
th e
g re a te s t
o f
ta s k s
a re
p e r-
fo rm ed
w ith
e q u a l
c a re ,
a n d
d ilig e n c e ,
a n d
p a tie n c e ,
a n d
lo v e ,
a n d
in te llig e n c e .
W e
a re
in e ffe c tu a l
b e c a u s e
w e
a re
s lo v e n ly
a n d
la z y
a n d
c o n te n t
t o
h a v e
th in g s
h a lf
d o n e ;
w e
a re
w illin g
t o
s it
dow n
a n d
g iv e
u p
b e fo re
th e
th in g
is fin is h e d .
W hereas
w e
s h o u ld
n e v e r
s to p
sh o rt
of an
u tm o s t
e ffo rt
to w ard
p e rfe c tio n ,
s o lo n g
a s th e re
is a breath
i n
o u r
b o d y .\u201d
N ow
th a t
is s o m e th in g
w o rth
w ritin g
o u t
a n d
h a n g in g
o v e r
o n e \u2019s
w ork-bench.
I t
is on
a line
w ith
S t.
P a u l\u2019s :
\u201c I
h a v e
fo u g h t
a good
fig h t,\u201d
o r
R obert
B ro w n in g \u2019s
e m p h a tic
w ords,
w here
i n
th e
p re fa c e
t o
h is
poem s
h e
s a y s :
\u201c H a v in g
h ith \u2019e rto
d o n e
m y
u tm o s t
i n
th e
a rt
t o
w h ic h
m y
lif e
i s
a
d e v o tio n ,
I
c a n n o t
u n d e rta k e
t o
in c re a s e
th e
e ffo rt.\u201d
A nd
i n
s p ite
o f
i t s
com m ercialism ,
i t s
h u rry ,
i t s
a p p a re n t
d is re g a rd
o f
tru e
a r t ,
th is
in d iv id u a lis m
i n
a rt
i s
w hat
th e
w o rld
i s
lo o k in g
fo r
to -d a y .
I t
n e e d s
th e
m an
w ho
know s
w hat
is g o o d ,
a n d
w ho
b o ld ly
d e c la re s
i t ,
a n d
th e n
s ta n d s
b y
h is
d e c la ra tio n .
T h is
i s
m
y
th o u g h t,
m
y
d e s ig n ,
m
y
w o rk .
A s
o n e
w rite r
h a s
w e ll
s a id :
\u201c A
b la c k s m ith
w h istlin g
a t h is
fo rg e
m ay
fa s h io n
a
h o rs e s h o e
a fte r
som e
fa n c y
o f
h is
ow n
a n d
w a tc h
w ith
d e lig h t
th e
s o f t
re d
iro n
ta k e
s h a p e
b e n e a th
h is
b lo w s ;
w hen
c o ld
h e
fin d s
th a t
i n
som e
m anner
h e
h a s
im pressed
h is
in d iv id u a lity
u p o n
h is
w o rk ,
s o
th a t
h e
c o u ld
p ic k
th e
s h o e
o u t
of a thousand,
e v e n
a s
h e
w o u ld
k n o w
h is
ow n
c h ild
am ong
a
m illio n .\u201d
3 6 9
H O M E
T R A IN IN G
I N
C A B IN E T
W O R K
M A G A Z IN E
C A B IN E T
P ie c e s
P o s ts
. . . . . . . . . . .
T op
o f
e n d.
. . . . . .
B ase
o f
e n d.
. . . . . .
T op
. . . . . . . . . . . .
B o tto m
. . . . . . . . . .
S h e lv e s
. . . . . . . . . .
K eys
. . . . . . . . . . . .
E nd
b a llu s te rs
. . . .
N o.
422II
3
T
H IS
is
a
u s e fu l
p ie c e
in
a n y
liv in g
ro o m
w here
lo o s e
p a p e rs
a n d
m aga-
z in e s
a re
a p t
t o
a c c u m u la te .
T he
p u rp o s e
in
m a k in g
it
la rg e r
a t
th e
b o tto m
is
t o
a tta in
g re a te r
sym m etry
\u2018a n d
t o
g iv e
th e
id e a
o f
s ta b ility .
A
p e rfe c tly
v e rtic a l
s ta n d
w o u ld
a p p e a r
narrow er
a t
th e
b o tto m
th a n
a t th e
to p .
P u t
to g e th e r
th e
e n tire
e n d
f ir s t,
th e n
th e
s h e lv e s ,
th e
to p
a n d
b o tto m
o n e s ,
how -
e v e r,
b e in g
la s t.
D o
n o t
d riv e
th e
k e y s
in
te n o n
h o le s
h a rd
e n o u g h
t o
s p lit
th e
w ood.
N o te
th a t
th e
th re e
c e n te r
s h e lv e s
a re
s lig h tly
le t
in
at full size
in to
th e
p o s ts
a n d
e n d
u p -
rig h ts .
A s
s u c h
a stand
m ay
n e e d
t o
b e
m oved,
it is a p p ro p ria te
th a t
it be
m ade
o f
s o f t
w ood
if d e s ira b le .
W h e th e r
o f
h a rd
o r
s o f t
w ood
it s h o u ld
b e
s u ita b ly
c o lo re d .
M IL L
B IL L
F O R
M A G A Z IN E
C A B IN E T
L o n g
4 .4 in .
9 in.
1 2
in .
1 9 in .
1 9 in .
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4 in.
4 8 in .
R Q n a H
W id e
2 1 /
in .
5 1 /
in .
5 1 /4 in .
g \u20191 /4 in .
I Il/
in .
1 0 3 /4
in .
5
in .
1 1 /s in .
T h ic k
1 3 /g
in .

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in .
1 1 /h in .
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in .
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in .
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F IN IS H
W id e
2
in .
5
in .
5
in .
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in .
I I
in .
IO y2
in .
p a tte rn
I
in .
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I $
in .
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in .
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in .
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in .
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in .
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