Assemble An Arts and Crafts Wall Shelf
Hollow, quartersawn columns and traditional inlay elevate an easy project
Synopsis: This simple wall cabinet incorporates a number of details and techniques that make it special: mitered joints for the columns, decorative inlay, and a finish for quartersawn oak that makes it look old. The hollow columns, with beveled end caps, make the most of the ray-fleck figure that is the hallmark of Arts and Craft work. They are dadoed to hold the shelves, mortised for the stretcher, and rabbeted for the back boards. Step-by-step instructions for the flower-and-leaf inlay are included. A Finish Line article details a traditional Arts and Crafts finish.
While looking through a book on home design several years ago, I noticed a small cabinet hanging above a claw-foot bathtub. With its inlaid columns and beveled caps, the shelf was wonderfully British in style and was quite distinct from American interpretations of Arts and Crafts design. Although the original cabinet had a pair of doors, its…