The Federal period was an exciting time for the young United States and a prolific one for furniture makers. Stringing, banding, exotic veneers, and inlay are some of the elemnts typical of the period. Contributing editor Steve Latta, who has built Federal-style furniture for 20 years and recently did his master's thesis on the subject, takes you through the essential features of Federal design and shows you how to combine these classic elements in your own furniture.

From Fine Woodworking #218