One benefit of being a woodworker is the woodworker can design and build furniture to fit any space. In my mom’s home there exists a small corner in her foyer. Not long after graduating from the University of Alabama where I had taken a shop class titled “Wood Technology” I built a slender bible stand to fill that space.
This was about 1985. I was greatly influenced then by woodworker Peter Kramer. A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about Peter which shows photos of his furniture designs (see the blog post by clicking here)
The bible stand is a variation of one I saw in the 1984 issue of Country Home magazine, which I still have. When I am having design trouble, I’ll often open the pages of this magazine and read the article about Peter.
I was at my mom’s house last night and took these photos with my iPhone. The bible stand will soon be 30 years old and is still looking good – no need of any repairs. This is probably the fourth or fifth piece of furniture I built.
For the dovetails in the drawers, I used my router and a mostly plastic dovetail jig from Sears. This worked pretty good despite the dovetail jig being such a budget accessory. Concerning the door, heartwood is used as a design feature; something that Peter Kramer often did. The base features a multi-part molding – should have gotten a better picture of that. As I recall it is built up from four pieces.
It is gratifying to see something I built several decades ago still being prominently displayed in my mother’s home.