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Furniture Types

  • Asian-Flavored ApprenticeshipAsian-Flavored Apprenticeship

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Aaron Levine's quilted Western maple and lacewood tansu chest offers lessons in veneering, NK-style drawers which are screwed together, and adding wheels, which ...

  • How to Build Beautiful Cases from PlywoodHow to Build Beautiful Cases from Plywood

    by Craig Thibodeau

    There's a lot of creative freedom in building cases with veneered panels. Veneer makes it possible to use a variety of exotic woods and dramatic figure, and wrapping ...

  • How to Make a Shaker BoxHow to Make a Shaker Box

    by Pete Baxter

    Simple, practical, and elegant, the Shaker box was used to hold everything from sewing notions to seeds. It's not difficult to make, using straight-grain hardwood ...

  • Traveling TansuTraveling Tansu

    by Jonathan Binzen

    This rolling tansu chest by Aaron Levine is based on a traditional Japanese furniture form, but when he designed it he was serving an apprenticeship and was at ...

  • Creating a CabinetCreating a Cabinet

    by Sam Norris

    Sam Norris wanted his liquor cabinet in light and dark madrone to stand out from the other designs in his class at the College of the Redwoods, so he got inspiration ...

  • Secrets to a Perfect Mitered BoxSecrets to a Perfect Mitered Box

    by Matt Kenney

    What's so hard about making a mitered box? On the face of it, it seems an easy project. But if you want to turn out a beautiful small box, all the details have ...

  • Expanding Top for Any TableExpanding Top for Any Table

    by Tommy MacDonald

    Build a table with an expanding top that accommodates extra diners but doesn't compromise on elbow and leg room. Best of all, it can be adapted to almost any style ...

  • Expressive But Efficient: Dean Pulver's TablesExpressive But Efficient: Dean Pulver's Tables

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Arcs and odd angles abound in Dean Pulver's tables, but he has made dozens of them to the same design. See how he designs the bent laminations and uses different ...

  • Mining Danish ModernMining Danish Modern

    by Tim Rousseau

    In this first Designer's Notebook department, we take a look at the inspiration and design process behind a desk by Timothy Rousseau. The inspiration was Danish ...

  • Putting the Primal into Production: Dean PulverPutting the Primal into Production: Dean Pulver

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Dean Pulver combines the efficiency of machine work with the satisfaction of handwork to make his innovative tables. He got his production acumen from years of ...

  • Making a Classic ContemporaryMaking a Classic Contemporary

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Furniture makers have been tweaking and changing the design of the Windsor chair ever since the first one was built, and Curtis Buchanan is no exception. See how ...

  • The Why of Windsor ChairsThe Why of Windsor Chairs

    by Curtis Buchanan

    Four centuries after they first emerged, in England, Windsors chairs and their offspring account for about half the wooden chairs on the planet. The original chair ...

  • Twisted and TexturedTwisted and Textured

    by Jonathan Binzen

    John Lee makes furniture full time in a shop he built behind his father’s house in County Meath, Ireland, using traditional techniques to create innovative furniture. ...

  • How to Engineer a Chest of DrawersHow to Engineer a Chest of Drawers

    by Gerald Curry

    Even if you build your projects to accommodate wood movement and choose the best materials for each part, there will be times when you'll need to be more exact ...

  • Mother Nature Meets Her MatchMother Nature Meets Her Match

    by Jonathan Binzen

    When Greg Brown decided to build a live-edge table in tribute to his older brother, he stepped away from the stark, plain base design that is traditionally paired ...

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