Desks, Bookcases & Entertainment Centers
Working Furniture for Your Home
Best of Woodworkers Journal

Softcover
215 x 280mm
153pp

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA

R.R.P.$29.90

ISBN 978-1-56523-363.8

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Federal Secretary Desk


Queen Anne's Writing Desk


Santa Fe Style Desk


A Cherry Arts & Crafts Stereo Cabinet


Computer Desk


Compact Computer Cabinet


Build a Knockdown Bookcase from One Sheet of Plywood


Modular Barrister's Bookcases


Architectural Moldings for the Itasca Bookcase


Heirloom Bookcase

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 144

The subtitle of this book is Working Furniture for your Home. It's an apt description of the many pieces that we add to our homes to create the environment in which we wish to live.

The individual projects which the book contains have been selected by its editors from past Issues of the US publication, Woodworker's Journal. They cover an unusually wide range, not just in type and function, but also in style.

The simplest is a Knockdown Bookcase from One Sheet of Plywood. Despite the ease with which it could be made, it is nevertheless sturdy and attractive.

At the other end of the scale is a Federal Secretary Desk which, as its name implies, is in the American Federal style - both elegant and formal.

In between, there are Modular Barrister's Bookcases, a Compact Computer Cabinet which closes up completely when not in use, an Heirloom Bookcase with bowed front and fluted accents, a Modular Computer Desk for your home or office workstation, a Walnut Library Bookcase which looks far more difficult than it really is to construct and three Entertainment Centres. One of these is the third generation of the magazine's most requested plan, another is a low cabinet style Centre and the third is a tall cabinet with sliding doors that hide the entertainment gear (including the TV), when it is not in use.

In addition, there are three other desks - one a Queen Anne, one in Sante Fe style and the last, a modern computer desk.

The treatment of each project leaves little to be desired. The drawings are excellent, a materials list is provided and aside from the photo of the completed piece, each is illustrated with several work-in-progress photos.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial

Contents

Federal Secretary Desk
by Dick Coers
Federal styling, an American response to various European influences, relies on a combination of simple elements to create an elegant complete design. With that goal in mind, our secretary features oval inlays and book-matched burl veneer, together with tapered legs and slender, light-colored inlay strips.

Queen Anne's Writing Desk
by Chris Inman
No furniture is more refined than Queen Anne, and our desk is full of the graceful curves that characterize the style. If you have never taken on the challenge of making cabriole legs, now is the time.

Santa Fe Style Desk
by Rick White
The popularity of southwest style furniture is growing rapidly, and we have captured its rich, traditional look in our desk design. The front apron, stretchers, and backsplash have an elegant stepped lift, and the overall appearance is understated without being stark.

A Cherry Arts & Crafts Stereo Cabinet
by Mike McGlynn
In the spirit of the Arts and Crafts movement, furniture should be beautiful well-made and functional. Our custom piece captures those tenets while using both traditional and state-of-the-art joinery.

Computer Desk
by Bill Hylton
Sooner or later, a busy woodworking writer needs to get his desk organized. But what if the current desk doesn't cut it? If you are due for a new desk too, our project will give your router a good workout.

Modular Computer Desk
by Rick White
These days, almost everyone owns a computer. Even if you do most of your work on screen, there are still notes to pen, bills to pay, and paraphernalia to keep organized on a desktop. Our four-piece modular desk gives you plenty of room for it all, and you can organize these components any way you like to suit your workspace.

Compact Computer Cabinet
by Rick White
Most of us need a suitable piece of furniture to house all of our computer equipment, but an effective workstation does not have to look like a desk. Our armoire-style cabinet not only holds all of the gadgets but also hides them discreetly.

Build a Knockdown Bookcase from One Sheet of Plywood
by Chris Inman
Here's proof that well-designed knockdown furniture can be sturdy and attractive, while still maintaining its most important features easy disassembly and compact storage. The design is made with the frugal (or modestly budgeted) in mind: You'll only need one sheet of plywood, a little solid stock, and a handful of knockdown connectors to hold the parts together.

Modular Barrister's Bookcases
by Rick White
We will forgive you if you have a burgeoning home library it's tough to resist the urge to collect books, even in today's world of instant media and DVDs. If you are looking for a neat and attractive way to store your volumes, modular bookcases just might be the ticket. Start with two or three and build more as the need arises.

Architectural Moldings for the Itasca Bookcase
by Paul Lee
Some casework designs, particularly tall pieces, can look stark without a well-conceived treatment of decorative moldings. Our bookcase is an excellent example of moldings done right. With roots in urban architecture, the corbels, arches, and intricate - bricking break up its tall form and tend a grounded sensibility.

Heirloom Bookcase
by Rick White
With its bowed front, fluted accents, and mahogany veneers, our classic bookcase design will expand your woodworking skills and , deliver a project worthy of the ages. If you have not yet invested in a vacuum press for veneering, now would be a good time to get one you are going to need it.

Walnut Library Bookcase
by Rick White
You will add a touch of elegant formality to your den or study when this handsome bookcase adorns a wall. Its built-up crown, fluted styles, and rosette accents include all of the classical elements. Choose some figured or burled walnut plywood to : complete the package.

Entertainment Center for Two
by Rick White
If you would like to build a substantial display piece for the den or family room, our entertainment center offers the best of two worlds: With its unique sliding door in their closed position, the cabinet displays your family's favorite collectibles.

Entertainment Center
by Rick White
Cherry dentil moldings crown this third generation of our most requested plan, and building it yourself can save you thousands of dollars.

An Elegant Entertainment Center
by Rick White
Picture our beautiful mahogany and smoked glass cabinet in your living room. It can hold a large television, a stereo system, and your music and video collections without overpowering the room. It is a good exercise in big casework construction and gives you a chance to try your hand at basic veneering.


Walnut Library Bookcase


Entertainment Center for Two


Entertainment Center


An Elegant Entertainment Center