Author(s): Kerry Pierce
Beginning woodworkers: Are you in search of projects that take only a weekend or two (or sometimes three)? Eager to acquire new skills and build confidence while working on manageably-sized items? This is what you've been looking for: a collection with variety, timeless styles, pleasing proportions, and imaginative designs that cry out for exciting woods. Craft 30 pieces of small scale and great beauty, using gorgeous woods, often in combination. Hand-plane beveled and raised panels on a candlebox; by avoiding the table saw or shaper, you'll produce less noise and dirt, and end up with a smooth, sheared surface. In traditional fashion, the Hepplewhite side table with curly maple drawer has tapering legs--but its dainty turned feet are quite out of the ordinary. Or, make a trestle table with inventive drawer mechanics; a Chippendale mirror that's a study in good scrollwork; or a display cabinet that employs the woodworker's arsenal of joinery. You'll improve with every project you do!