For Will Neptune, a key in making furniture is balancing design complexity and construction simplicity. He builds sideboards by making a dovetailed box turned on its side. It has fewer joints; his method helps the case swell and shrink as one piece. Here, he explains basic sideboard design and his construction method – how he uses built-up ends and dovetails. He talks about other construction styles, too, to save wood or result in a different look. He discusses proportions and style and how changes in proportion alter the effect of the piece. A sidebar on style details helps clarify Federal from Stickley from Greene and Greene.

From Fine Woodworking #138