A Classic Bookcase in the Craftsman Style
Wedged tenons and clean lines dignify this oak original
Synopsis: The bookcase that Gary Rogowski explains how to make in this article is just 50 in. high and 31 in. wide, and it represents Arts-and-Crafts style in its joinery and wood. He shows techniques for cutting mortises with a plunge router and template, and cutting through, wedged tenons with great holding power. Rogowski offers additional details on profiles, toe kicks, and wedges, and a detailed project plan shows all the required parts and dimensions. You also get advice on assembly and glue-up.
Of the many qualities that help define the Arts-and-Crafts style, perhaps the most apparent is straightforward and honest joinery. Wedged joints and through-tenons show the world how a piece was made. Open-grained woods like white oak give a piece an unabashed look, perhaps even a rustic quality that says, “Here’s what I am—sturdy, well made furniture.” No abstractions get in the way, no conceptualizing need be done. This frank…