Rather than follow a strict how-to-do-it formula, Victor J. Taylor presents here an 18th-century secretaire-bookcase as a tour of period construction practices, with side trips into alternatives for the present-day craftsman. The piece is composed of five sections: the plinth, the cupboard, the secretaire, the bookcase, and the cornice. Taylor combined the bookcase and cornice as one unit. The article contains page after page of detailed project plans, accompanied by building instructions. Numbers on the drawings and explanations correspond to the bill of materials, also included. Where it was difficult to see joints, Taylor followed orthodox cabinetmaking practice, often using dowels.

From Fine Woodworking #38