Mission Style Music Stand


This information has been reprinted from a 1912 Popular Mechanics publication titled "Mission Furniture And How To Make It".



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The attractive and useful piece of mission furniture shown in the accompanying illustration is made of quarter-sawed oak. Considerable labor can be saved in its construction if the stock is ordered from the mill ready cut to length, squared and sanded. The stock list consists of the following pieces:

  • 1 top, 3/4 by 16 by 20 in., S-2-S.
  • 1 shelf, 3/4 by 11-1/2 by 15 in., S-2-S.
  • 1 shelf, 3/4 by 12 by 15 in., S-2-S.
  • 1 shelf, 3/4 by 14-1/2 by 15 in., S-2-S.
  • 1 shelf, 3/4 by 16 by 15 in., S-1-S.
  • 4 legs, 3/4 by 5 by 41 in., S-2-S.
  • 2 lower crosspieces, 3/4 by 3 by 9 in., S-2-S.
  • 2 upper crosspieces, 3/4 by 2 by 9 in., S-2-S.
  • 4 end slats, 5/8 by 2 by 34 in., S-2-S.
  • 20 R.H. screws, 2 in. long.

The four shelves and the top are so wide that it will be necessary to make them from two or more pieces glued together. The top should have a 1/4-in. bevel cut around the upper edge as shown in the drawing.

The curve of the legs can be cut with a bracket saw or a drawknife, care being taken to get the edges square and smooth. The four crosspieces are fastened to the legs by means of tenons and mortises. The end slats are joined to the crosspieces in the same manner. The legs can be assembled in pairs with the slats and crosspieces in place. They can be glued in this position, and when dry they should be carefully gone over with fine sandpaper to remove all rough spots. The shelves can now be put in place. They should be fastened to the legs with round-headed screws. The top is also fastened on with screws. When applying the finish, remove the top board and the shelves and finish them separately. The stand can be finished in any one of the many mission stains supplied by the trade for this purpose.

This handsome piece of furniture can be used as a magazine stand as well as a music stand, if desired, and, if it is made and finished well, it will prove an ornament to any home.


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