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By: Phil Huber
Woodsmith Shop Season 16 Episode 1: Arts & Crafts Sideboard, Pt. 1

Follow along with this classic design in the first episode of The Woodsmith Shop Season 16. Built with solid, mortise and tenon construction, distinctive Craftsman details, and in an ideal size for your home.

Just right. That’s what comes to mind when looking at this sideboard. Especially the size. Sideboards and buffets can dominate a dining room with their generous proportions and over-the-top styling. But this one is smaller, quieter — scaled for today’s homes.

Getting to a design that appears simple is anything but. As we got into the planning for this project, it became clear that there’s more going on than we could tackle in one episode. So for now, we’re looking at the main case.

When it comes to the construction, this project takes no shortcuts. It features solid-wood panels and traditional mortise and tenon joinery, which means it’s built to last.

Watch the Episode: If the Woodsmith Shop isn’t on in your area, contact your local public television station. Or stream it here.

Download the Plan for this episode.

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Bonus Materials

A hand-held plunge router can be a great tool for cutting mortises. The key to precise results is guiding the router accurately so the sides of the mortise end up perfectly smooth, straight, and parallel to the faces of the workpiece. This mortising jig is the way to go. Clamping the workpiece in place only takes a second. Then, it’s a simple task to adjust the table and stops to locate the mortise on the workpiece. Once everything is locked in place, you can knock out identical mortises quickly, easily, and accurately. 1601 DresserMirror Extend the Arts & Crafts look to other rooms in your house with these easy-to-build project plans. This dresser and mirror plan work well in many rooms of your home, and our Craftsman-Style Clock is the perfect addition to your mantel with its classic lines and hand-made ceramic tile. 1601 Clock

Published: Jan. 10, 2023
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