1909 Stretched Music Stand Shelving Unit

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Project by DaleMaley posted 05-16-2014 10:50 AM 1935 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need a shelving unit to display my many wood mechanical toys and wood locks. I searched through different shelf designs, and liked this circa 1909 Music Stand design. I stretched the 15 inch wide design to 24.5 inches wide to give more shelf space.

I used red oak on this project. I also used Behlen’s grain filler to give super smooth finishes on the shelf top, and the top side of the shelves.

To learn more about my trials & tribulations of making this project, see my web site.

The original 1909 pattern is on my web site. I also uploaded my Google Sketchup design into the 3D warehouse today also at

This shelving unit should make a good storage location for my wood mechanical toys so my future grandchildren can easily access them and play with them.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 05-16-2014 12:45 PM

Great job—very attractive shelving unit.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 05-16-2014 01:02 PM


I like the circa 1909 design look.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 05-17-2014 12:39 AM

Dale, very nicely done. I don’t recall ever having seen this design previously; thanks for sharing. :)

-- Art

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 11:01 AM

There are several versions of books out there, but they are all reproductions of the 3 sets of Popular Mechanics plans from 1909-1912 on Mission Furniture… is a good description of these 3 sets of plans from a person who read one of them….....

This book is a reproduction of three Popular Mechanics Magazine publications from before WW I, at the height of the Mission furniture craze. It includes about 100 projects. Each one consists of a parts list, one to two pages of text (a total of about 200-500 words), a black-and-white shaded drawing of the finished piece of furniture (sort of like a bad photo) and minimalist plans. The plans are simple front and side elevations. Don’t expect exploded views like one would find in a modern woodworking magazine.

A paragraph from the text for a five-drawer dresser/mirror combination is illustrative of the brevity of much of the instructions:

QUOTE: In working up the various parts, proceed in the usual manner. If not thoroughly familiar with the various tool processes involved, it will be necessary to investigate pieces of nearby furniture and to read up some good text dealing with the processes involved.
In other words, don’t buy this book if you are a novice woodworker looking to have your hand held, step-by-step through the construction process.

What one really gets with the purchase of this book are two things. First, an interesting look at turn-of-the-century America and the arts & crafts period, from the perspective of a middle-class magazine for home craftsmen. Second, one gets a collection of designs for generic mission or arts & crafts furniture. To me, the vast majority of the designs are unappealing. At best, they seem just a little off target, as though a high-school woodshop class student were given an assignment to make an original mission furniture piece.

However, there are a few interesting pieces.

I bought this book because I buy EVERYTHING about Stickley/Mission/Roycroft furniture. I do not regret the purchase, but I will probably never make any of the projects, and if I did I would have to spend a half a day (at least) making production drawings of the parts for the furniture.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#5 posted 05-18-2014 05:20 AM

Very nice job! :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 03-05-2015 11:15 PM

I like this and like seeing your research into old books.

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#7 posted 03-06-2015 12:06 AM


I am kind of a history junkie anyway, so I like looking through the old designs, then building the ones that interet me.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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