New Article by Mike Korsak

the cover of the journal, which features a woodworking article written by mike

the cover of the journal, which features a woodworking article written by mike

Earlier this spring I wrote an article about how I shaped the curved legs for my Walnut Cabinet. The article was published in The Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers and is available to view by clicking on the image at right.

In the article, I describe the entire process of making the curved legs, from design to final shaping.  

Why did I design this piece with curved legs?  Because the curves lend a nice bit of elegance and refinement.  And it's another way to add a level of individuality and personality to my work.  Breaking out of the rectilinear and into more curvaceous forms is important to me as a furniture maker.  I hope the article provides insight into the process.

Happy reading!

A Finely Constructed Case

The chest of drawers is starting to take shape as I begin to take the individual parts and assemble them to create the case.  Up until now each part represented a lot of work – milling, sizing to dimension, joinery, more joinery, smoothing, fitting – but hadn’t yet been assembled into something recognizable.

I always design and build case pieces with wood-to-wood joinery, and this piece is no exception.  The sides join to the bottom with hand cut, half-blind dovetails. The off-center vertical divider joins to the bottom with a tapered sliding dovetail.  Horizontal dividers join to the case sides with sliding dovetails and to the vertical divider with half-laps. The benefit of all of this tight-fitting joinery is a case that will be more than adequate to resist the loads it will see over the span of its life – no bowed sides or sagging dividers. And that’s extremely important because a case that is not rigid will lead to drawers that don’t slide in and out sweetly. And what’s the point in a chest of drawers you can’t use?