Heirloom Artists Furniture's Joshua Monroe takes us through the construction of a country sideboard - with maple plywood and a thick pine slab counter. The legs plunge through the lower shelf. 

"I designed the piece to be sturdy for a lifetime of use but maneuverable for easy delivery. The sideboard separates into three parts with relative ease. The top (part #1) is attached to the case (part #2) using tongue and groove blocks that allow for seasonal expansion and contraction of the wood. By removing the screws that secure the blocks from the underside of the top, the top can be separated from the case."

"The weight of the case holds it in place on the base (part #3), but pocket hole joinery was used as a secondary attachment method. Before painting the sideboard, I pre-drilled the holes that secured the case to the base and simply inserted those screws when the piece was delivered."

Heirloom Artists Furniture Studio creates "one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that each tell a unique story through the use of unique materials, creative problem solving, and collaborative design," says Monroe. "We make high-quality furniture built to be kept for a lifetime, not replaced every couple years. Our use of computer modeling (CAD) reduces wasted time and material and maximizes strength. By using both historic and modern tools, we can create unique products that are truly one-of-a-kind."

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