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MCM furniture designed by Norman Cherner

Updated 18 May 2022

MCM is the ultimate period for modern design furniture. MCM reflects the launch of new materials and industrial techniques developed for manufacturing. I have collected a couple of plans for retro-modern furniture that is easy to build at home. Skim the side table construction plans and flash back to a time when do it yourself did not come in an Ikea flatpack. This is mid-century furniture design at its best.

Norman Cherner Designs

Norman Cherner is a famous New York City furniture and industrial design of the MCM period. PlyCraft is a trade name for what many people call plywood. PlyCraft prepared a range of DIY plans for making MCM furniture. They are based on the Norman Cherner design approach, simple, modern and beautiful.

There isn't a lot of information regarding Plycraft and Norman Cherner on the Internet. There are claims (wayback) that Plycraft's founder, Paul Goldman, was called the father of plywood technology and there was a working relationship between Plycraft and Normal Cherner. The name Cherner is used to market mid-century style curved plywood furniture including the Cherner Chair. All this discussion of mid-century furniture should get the creative juices flowing.

I am searching for the complete range of Norman Cherner furniture plans from PlyCraft. The two furniture plans I have are for an MCM bedside table and the other plan is for an MCM coffee table. Both of these plans are easy to construct from standard plywood panels. Plywood panels are available from most hardware stores. Online availability and delivery varies due to the large size of plywood panels. plywood panels do not fit exactly into most people's letterbox.

MCM bedside table plans

This is one of a series of PlyCraft furniture designs by Norman Cherner, New York City. You can build any of these units with the convenient small sizes of plywood called Handy Panels. They also are designed to cut without waste from standard-size plywood panels. Create your own mid-century furniture as either a bedside table or a side table in your living area. Nobody will realize that this is a plycraft classic.

MCM coffee Table plans

The coffee table is a classic furniture item. The is probably a coffee table in every modern home. Wouldn't it be nice to make a coffee table that reflects your MCM tastes. These plans for an MCM style coffee table make out of plywood are bautiful. There is the basic overall outline. Various adjustments are show to make your coffee table unique. Construction is very easy with only sixe step-by-step instructions along with a shopping list.

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