Mission Style Furniture originated in the San Francisco in the late 19th century. The style was first developed by A.J. Forbes around 1894 for San Francisco’s Swedenborgian Church, but it was popularized by Joseph P. McHugh. The Mission Style features long vertical and horizontal line with flat panels. The emphasis on the grain of the wood (normally oak) rather than carved embellishments make this an ideal style for the beginning furniture maker. Below are three projects that are well within beginner furniture maker’s skillset.
Everyone needs a large table for family gatherings and the Mission table can easily seat ten people with the addition of a center leaf. Utilizing mortise and tenon joinery it is a challenge for the beginner but not beyond their skill level.
If you are going to make a table then you will need chairs. Making 4-10 chairs will allow you to become familiar with jigs and production runs. After making your table you should already be familiar with mortise and tenon joinery. This will further refine your skills.
After all those chairs you might be running low on lumber. A perfect project for when you are light on resources is a Queen Sized bed. You need a place to sleep off all that food right?
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