Furniture Design

If you aren't following a set of commercial plans to build a piece of furniture, then most likely you will encounter the design process. Don't be afraid -- following a few basic principles and trusting your intuition will take you far.The Basics: • Devise
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  • CAD on a BudgetCAD on a Budget

    by Gregory Paolini

    In terms of flexibility and quickness, there's a lot to be gained by designing furniture on a computer. Woodworker Gregory Paolini looked at five popular computer-aided ...

  • Scaling Furniture from PhotosScaling Furniture from Photos

    by Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez

    Have you ever wanted to build a piece of furniture after seeing it in a photograph? This article by Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez provides step-by-step instructions to create ...

  • An Illustrated Guide to Crown MoldingsAn Illustrated Guide to Crown Moldings

    by Philip C. Lowe

    Take a tour through crown-molding history to discover the aesthetic and practical virtues it offers. This visual glossary of elements and representative pieces ...

  • Anatomy of a Chest of DrawersAnatomy of a Chest of Drawers

    by Will Neptune

    Will Neptune breaks down the design of a chest of drawers showing various In this heavily illustrated article, furniture maker Will Neptune breaks down the design ...

  • Keep Track of Your Progress with Squiggles and LinesKeep Track of Your Progress with Squiggles and Lines

    by Philip C. Lowe

    If you don’t mark your parts as you progress through a job, you’ll waste time trying to remember what goes where and what you have already done, says author Philip ...

  • Fast and Accurate Table JoineryFast and Accurate Table Joinery

    by Steve Latta

    Steve Latta explains how to design a table so that it can be built with an efficient process that doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics. In this article he offers tips for ...

  • A Short History of DesignA Short History of Design

    by Graham Blackburn

    Here’s a condensed visual overview of furniture styles that Fine Woodworking has profiled over its first 25 years, artfully illustrated by Graham Blackburn. This ...

  • Compound-Angle JoineryCompound-Angle Joinery

    by Will Neptune

    Will Neptune, while working as an instructor at North Bennet Street School, shares his tricks for cutting the compound angle mortise and tenon joinery, using Federal ...

  • Graduated DrawersGraduated Drawers

    by Christian Becksvoort

    This article offers formulas for determining suitable dimensions for graduated drawers, and is an essential aid to help design case pieces and built-ins of varies ...

  • Designing Table LegsDesigning Table Legs

    by Graham Blackburn

    Legs are often defining features of a table, writes Graham Blackburn, who explains in this article how to select the right legs for your table from the bewildering ...

  • Mock-ups Quicken the Design ProcessMock-ups Quicken the Design Process

    by Keith Allen

    Most furniture designs start with a two-dimensional drawing, but drawings can fail to capture the complexities of a three-dimensional object and they’re worthless ...

  • Three Ways to Make Cabinet DoorsThree Ways to Make Cabinet Doors

    by Steve Latta

    Three types of doors will solve most needs: doors for fine furniture, doors with glass panels, and low-budget quickie doors. Steve Latta shows how to make all of ...

  • A Game Plan for Big Cabinet JobsA Game Plan for Big Cabinet Jobs

    by John W. West

    John W. West explains starts big jobs (like putting in a library) by making painstaking measurements on story poles, choosing materials, and tuning up his equipment. ...

  • Designing the Wedged Mortise and TenonDesigning the Wedged Mortise and Tenon

    by Carl Swensson

    When a table wobbles or a chair squeaks, it’s usually just bad joinery design, says Carl Swensson. Good design buys time against use and abuse that all furniture ...

  • Making Big Cabinets ManageableMaking Big Cabinets Manageable

    by Niall Barrett

    Niall Barrett came up with a way to build cabinets out of smaller parts, yet not have the end result look like a jigsaw puzzle. Small components are light and easy ...

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